FIFA confirms that the 2022 World Cup final will be held in Qatar just SEVEN DAYS before Christmas … but will Gareth Southgate’s England unpack the gift they’ve been waiting for for 56 years?
- The tournament starts on November 21 and there are four group matches per day
- The starting times for the first games are 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- The final of 2022 on December 18 will take place at the Lusail Stadium in Doha
FIFA has mapped out the final dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the World Cup final on December 18.
It means that one team – possibly Gareth Southgate’s English side – will have the dream of an early Christmas present by hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy.
The tournament begins on November 21 with four group matches held every day until December 2.
The 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18 – just seven days before Christmas Day
It could be the perfect early Christmas present for Gareth Southgate and millions of fans from England
The group matches will be played over a 12-day period, with matches not being allocated to certain locations until after the draw in March 2022 to choose optimal start times to suit television audiences in different countries and supporters from Qatar.
Starting times for the first two rounds are 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 10:00 PM local time, and with the stadiums all within 40 miles of each other, supporters and media can realistically attend two games on the same day.
There is a three-day rest period for all games except three. It is also not necessary for teams, supporters or media to spend time flying or taking long train or road journeys between matches.
The start times in the last round of group matches and knockout round matches are at 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM local time.
Doha’s Lusail Stadium will host the final – here it is pictured under construction in February
The tournament’s opening match on November 21 will take place at Al Bayt Stadium
The tournament’s opening match will be played on Monday 21 November at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, in a host-centered game.
The final venue of 2022 is the Lusail Stadium in Doha, with the showpiece to be played on Sunday, December 18.
No start date has yet been set for the European part of the World Cup qualification. The announcement comes two years after the 2018 World Cup final.