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World Cup 2022 groups: Fixtures, dates, kick-off times, stadiums & host cities

By Andrew Francis

World Cup 2022 groups draw: Fixtures, dates, knockout phase & host cities

Published: 14:30, 26 April 2022

The World Cup draw has been made and the countdown is on until the tournament starts in November. Qatar awaits for the elite in world football but who is playing, when and where?

We’ll have to wait a while for the opening game — with this being the first World Cup taking place in the winter months, given the scorching temperatures of the Qatar summer — but we now know which nations will play each other in the group stage following the 1 April draw.


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England have been handed a very interesting group featuring United States, Iran and the winner of the Uefa Path A playoff, which features Wales, Scotland and Ukraine. Those side will be in Group B, leaving a potential round of 16 tie against Netherlands.

Elsewhere, Spain and Germany have both been drawn into Group E, whilst Ghana and Uruguay will reignite their rivalry in Group H. Holders, France will face Denmark in what should be a fantastic encounter.

The fill draw and fixtures are all below.

World Cup 2022 group stage fixtures:

World Cup Group A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Netherlands

21 November 2022

Senegal vs Netherlands (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

Qatar vs Ecuador (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

25 November 2022

Qatar vs Senegal (13:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

Netherlands vs Ecuador (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Khalifa International Stadium

29 November 2022

Netherlands vs Qatar (13:00 GMT) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Ecuador vs Senegal (13:00 GMT) – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

World Cup Group B
England
Iran
United States
Wales or Scotland/Ukraine*

*Uefa Path A semi final between Scotland and Ukraine and subsequent final of Wales vs winner of Scotland/Ukraine will take place in June.

21 November 2022

England vs Iran (13:00 GMT) on BBC – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

United States vs Wales or Scotland/Ukraine (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

25 November 2022

England vs United States (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Wales or Scotland/Ukraine vs Iran (10:00 GMT on BBC) – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

29 November 2022

Wales or Scotland/Ukraine vs England (19:00 GMT) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

Iran vs United States (19:00 GMT) – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

World Cup Group C
Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland

22 November 2022

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

Mexico vs Poland (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Stadium 974, Doha

26 November 2022

Argentina vs Mexico (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

Poland vs Saudi Arabia (13:00 GMT on ITV) – Education City Stadium, Aly Rayyan

30 November 2022

Poland vs Argentina (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Stadium 974, Doha

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

World Cup Group D
France
UAE/Australia* or Peru**
Denmark
Tunisia

*AFC playoff between UAE and Australia will take place in June

**Inter-Confederation playoff between Peru and winner of UAE/Australia will take place in June

22 November 2022

France vs UAE/Australia or Peru (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Denmark vs Tunisia (13:00 GMT on ITV) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

26 November 2022

France vs Denmark (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Stadium 974, Doha

Tunisia vs UAE/Australia or Peru (10:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

30 November 2022

Tunisia vs France (15:00 GMT on BBC) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

UAE/Australia or Peru vs Denmark (15:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

World Cup Group E
Spain
Costa Rica or New Zealand*
Germany
Japan

*Inter-Confederation playoff between Costa Rica and New Zealand will take place in June

23 November 2022

Germany vs Japan (13:00 GMT on ITV) – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

Spain vs Costa Rica or New Zealand (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

27 November 2022

Spain vs Germany (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Japan vs Costa Rica or New Zealand (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Rayyan

1 December 2022

Japan vs Spain (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

Costa Rica or New Zealand vs Germany (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

World Cup Group F
Belgium
Canada
Morocco
Croatia

23 November 2022

Morocco vs Croatia (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Rayyan

Belgium vs Canada (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

27 November 2022

Belgium vs Morocco (13:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

Croatia vs Canada (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

1 December 2022

Croatia vs Belgium (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Rayyan

Canada vs Morocco (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

World Cup Group G
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Cameroon

24 November 2022

Brazil vs Serbia (19:00 GMT on BBC) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

Switzerland vs Cameroon (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

28 November 2022

Brazil vs Switzerland (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Stadium 974, Doha

Cameroon vs Serbia (10:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

2 December 2022

Cameroon vs Brazil (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

Serbia vs Switzerland (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Stadium 974, Doha

World Cup Group H
Portugal
Ghana
Uruguay
South Korea

24 November 2022

Portugal vs Ghana (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Stadium 974, Doha

Uruguay vs South Korea (13:00 GMT on BBC) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

28 November 2022

Portugal vs Uruguay (19:00 GMT on ITV) – Lusail Stadium, Lusail

South Korea vs Ghana (13:00 GMT on BBC) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

2 December 2022

South Korea vs Portugal (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Ghana vs Uruguay (16:00 GMT on BBC) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


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What are the knockout stage fixtures?

Round of 16

3 December 2022

Match 49 -Winners Group A vs Runners Up Group B (15:00 GMT) – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 50 – Winners Group C vs Runners Up Group D  (19:00 GMT)- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

4 December 2022

Match 51 – Winners Group B vs Runners Up Group A  (15:00 GMT)- Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Match 52 – Winners Group D vs Runners Up Group C (19:00 GMT) – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

5 December 2022

Match 53 -Winners Group E vs Runners Up Group F (15:00 GMT) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Match 54 – Winners Group G vs Runners Up Group H (19:00 GMT) – Stadium 974, Doha

6 December 2022

Match 55 – Winners Group F vs Runners Up Group E (15:00 GMT) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 56 – Winners Group H vs Runners Up Group G (19:00 GMT) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Quarter-final

9 December 2022

Match 57 – Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 (19:00 GMT) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Match 58 – Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 (15:00 GMT) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

10 December 2022

Match 59 – Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 (19:00 GMT) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Match 60 – Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 (15:00 GMT) – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

Semi-final

13 December 2022

Match 61 – Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 (19:00 GMT) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

14 December 2022

Match 62 – Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 (19:00 GMT) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Third-place play-off

17 December 2022

Match 63 – Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 (15:00 GMT) – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Final

18 December 2022

Match 64 – Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 (15:00 GMT) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

JWP is a “dead certainty” to go to the World Cup

James Ward-Prowse once against found the scoresheet via a free-kick at the weekend to take his deadball tally in the Premier League to 14, just four behind the current record holder David Beckham, and two former England internationals have now backed the Southampton skipper to make Qatar.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Micah Richards said: “In terms of England, he’s a dead certainty for me to go to the World Cup.

“He has to go because he is clever on the ball, he takes free-kicks, he’s dependable. A captain – he leads his team.

“Southampton at the start of the season a lot of people expected them to go down, and he’s marshalled them all the way through the season.

“Nine goals is just remarkable.”

Former Three Lion Jermaine Jenas followed up by suggesting: “He’s obviously used just missing out on the European championship squad as fuel for him this season and I think that’s exactly why he has gone into this season with the form he has gone into it.”

When probed on his thoughts about closing in on Beckham’s all-time free-kick record in the Premier League after Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Brighton — in which he netted both goals — Ward-Prowse spoke of his ambition to one day meet the ex-Manchester United midfielder.

“My main motivation is to meet my hero who I loved when I was growing up,” Ward-Prowse said. “If I do get that record, hopefully he’ll reach out – but there’s a long way to go just yet.”

The 27-year-old’s comments had a far-reaching effect, as Beckham himself took to social media to wax lyrical about his free-kick successor, writing on his Instagram story alongside an image of Ward-Prowse’s interview: “Looking forward to it mate. Another great one today, four more to go.”

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