FIFA World Cup 2022; draw, fixtures and venues.
FIFA World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18; thirty-two teams to compete in eight groups; England to take on Iran on the opening day of the tournament; Two European heavyweights Germany and Spain grouped together
Here’s everything you need to know about Qatar 2022, from key dates to kick-off times.
When and where will the World Cup be held in 2022?
Due to the heat, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar during the winter months rather than the summer months. The tournament begins on Monday, November 21 at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, when hosts Qatar take on Ecuador.
England will also play on the first day, with their Group B match against Iran scheduled for just eight days after the Premier League closes.
If Wales or Scotland make the finals through the playoffs, they will face England in Group B on November 28.
The final will take place a week before Christmas, on Sunday, December 18, at Doha’s Lusail Stadium.
Countries that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup
- Qatar(Automatic qualification as the host nation)
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United States
Who will join the already qualified nations?
As play-off winners, Wales, Scotland, or Ukraine will compete in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the intercontinental play-offs will be held on June 13-14 in Qatar, with Australia, the UAE, or Peru, as well as Costa Rica or New Zealand, competing for the two remaining spots.
UEFA and Intercontinental play-offs:
- Wales vs Scotland or Ukraine
- Australia or the United Arab Emirates vs Peru
- Costa Rica vs New Zealand
Owing to the fact that Scotland and Wales have been assigned the same path, they will face off for a spot in next year’s World Cup if Scotland defeats Ukraine in their delayed play-off semi-final.
Qatar 2022 World Cup draw
- Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B: England, Iran, USA, European play-off*
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D: France, Intercontinental play-off 1*, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Intercontinental play-off 2*, Germany, Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Ghana, Morocco, Croatia
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Group H: Portugal, Canada, Uruguay, South Korea
The World Cup in 2022 will feature 32 teams divided into eight groups of four.
During the 12-day group stage, four matches will be played each day, with the winners and runners-up progressing to the round of 16.
Matches will only be assigned to specific venues following the finals draw, allowing organizers to select optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in various countries, as well as supporters in Qatar.
Unlike at Euro 2020, a third-place play-off game will be held on December 17.
Monday, November 21
Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al-Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10 am)
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands
Group B: England vs Iran
Group B: USA vs Scotland/Wales/Ukraine
Tuesday, November 22
Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
Group C: Mexico vs Poland
Group D: France vs UAE/Australia/Peru
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia
Wednesday, November 23
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica/New Zealand
Group E: Germany vs Japan
Group F: Belgium vs Canada
Group F: Morocco vs Croatia
Thursday, November 24
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia
Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea
Friday, November 25
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador
Group B: England vs USA
Group B: Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs Iran
Saturday, November 26
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia
Group D: France vs Denmark
Group D: Tunisia vs UAE/Australia/Peru
Sunday, November 27
Group E: Spain vs Germany
Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco
Group F: Croatia vs Canada
Monday, November 28
Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland
Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay
Group H: South Korea vs Ghana
Tuesday, November 29
Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal
Group B: Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs England
Group B: Iran vs USA
Wednesday, November 30
Group C: Poland vs Argentina
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
Group D: Tunisia vs France
Group D: UAE/Australia/Peru vs Denmark
Thursday, December 1
Group E: Japan vs Spain
Group E: Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany
Group F: Croatia vs Belgium
Group F: Canada vs Morocco
Friday, December 2
Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil
Group G: Serbia vs Switzerland
Group H: South Korea vs Portugal
Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay
The Round of 16
Saturday, December 3
49 – Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)
50 – Winners of Group C vs. Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7 pm)
Sunday, December 4
52 – Winners of Group D vs. Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3 pm)
51 – Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7 pm)
Monday, December 5
53 – Winners of Group E vs. Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3 pm)
54 – Winners of Group G vs. Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7 pm)
Tuesday, December 6
55 – Winners of Group F vs. Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)
56 – Winners of Group H vs. Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7 pm)
Quarter-finals(Round of eight)
Friday, December 9
58 – Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)
57 – Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 3 pm)
Saturday, December 10
60 – Winners of 55 vs. Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3 pm)
59 – Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7 pm)
Semi-finals(four teams remaining at this stage)
Tuesday, December 13
61 – Winners of 57 vs. Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7 pm)
Wednesday, December 14
62 – Winners of 59 vs. Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7 pm)
Saturday, December 17
63 – Losers of 61 vs. Losers of 62 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)
Sunday, December 18
64 – Winners of 61 vs. Winners of 62 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7 pm)
Venues to host games:
The group games will be held at the following venues: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.