The FIFA 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar with four games every day in a 12-day group stage. FIFA 2022 World Cup schedule was released and the tournaments will be played in November and December on Wednesday. Kickoff times will be at 1 p.m. (1000 GMT), 4 p.m. (1300 GMT), 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) and 10 p.m. (1900 GMT).
“Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kickoff time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation,” FIFA said in a statement.
Qatar will be the first Middle East country to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup in the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium at 1 PM on Nov 21. The final starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium. Those are the same kickoff times from the last World Cup in Russia. Also Read– T20 World Cup Could Be Moved to 2021
FIFA teams will have 3-day rest periods
The games will be played in 28 days in 8 venues in close proximity to Doha. All stadiums are within a 30-mile radius so teams and fans will not need to fly around to attend.
Semifinals will kick off at 10 Pm and will spill over to the next day if it is necessary. The teams will get three days of rest between matches, which FIFA said was “optimum for sporting performance.” However, teams in the last-16 matches will get only 2 days of rest.
FIFA is looking to stage the draw for the tournament in late March or early April 2022, when 30 of the 32 finalists will be known.
It is the last World Cup with 32 teams before the expansion to 48 nations at the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.