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FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule announced

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 Published: 10:08 PM, 15 July 2020  

FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule announced

FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule announced

Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organizers announced on Wednesday, as they revealed the schedule for the finals. In a joint statement, FIFA and Qatar's Supreme Committee organizational body said that the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity ground on November 21. 

Qatar has not yet commented on the opening ceremony. However, the way they are expected to prepare for the World Cup, they are going to organize a grand event.

Although the last World Cup was held in 32 days, it has been reduced due to the temperature in Qatar. FIFA will end the tournament in 28 days. 

The opening match will begin a group stage that will feature four matches a day for 12 days, spread over eight stadiums around Qatar. Group matches will kick off at three-hour intervals, beginning at 1.00 pm local time (1000 GMT), with the late match kicking off at 10:00 pm local time.

The tournament will then jump straight to the last 16, with two matches a day until two rest days and the start of the quarter- and semi-finals, which will both be spread over two days.

The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium in Doha on December 18.  

With all the venues nearby, the supporters will not have to worry much. As the distance from one stadium to another is only 30 miles, the spectators can easily travel from one stadium to another.

However, it has not been decided yet which team will play in which group. The group stage draw will be held in late March or early April 2022. However, this is going to be the last World Cup of 32 teams. The number of participating teams will be increased from the next session to 48.