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

By Andrew Francis

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

Published: 13:20, 9 September 2022

The 2022/23 season has started and the countdown is on until the World Cup starts in November. Qatar awaits for the elite in world football but who is playing, when and where?

We still have to wait a little 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 know which nations will play each other in the group stage and the potential routes to the final.


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England have been handed a very interesting group featuring United States, Iran and Wales. Those sides 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 full draw and fixtures are all below.

World Cup 2022 group stage schedule:

World Cup Group A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Netherlands

20 November 2022

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

21 November 2022

Senegal vs Netherlands (16:00 GMT on ITV) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

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

Why the first day of the 2022 World Cup has been moved

When the fixture list and schedule for the 2022 World Cup was first released, hosts Qatar were set to kick off their campaign at 4pm (GMT) on the opening day of the tournament, 21 November.

While the hosts are usually part of the opening game, that wasn’t to be the case this year, with Qatar’s game against Ecuador picked for the prime spot local time. Instead, it was going to be the third game of the opening day, after Senegal vs Netherlands and England vs Iran, scheduled for 10am (GMT) and 1pm (GMT) respectively. Nevertheless, Qatar vs Ecuador was still going to include the opening ceremony and celebrations, which has become a bigger part of World Cups since 2006.

However, the match has now been moved, extending the tournament to 29 days, starting on a Sunday, with a proposed kick-off time of 4pm (GMT). Qatar vs Ecuador would be the only game played that day, with Senegal vs Netherlands replacing it in the 4pm (GMT) slot on November 21 – in between England vs Iran and USA vs Wales.

A statement from FIFA said: “The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off with an even greater celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November at 19:00 (local time) as part of a stand-alone event.

“The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today. Consequently, the encounter between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 13:00 to 19:00 (local time) on Monday 21 November.

“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions. The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.”

World Cup Group B
England
Iran
United States
Wales

21 November 2022

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

United States vs Wales (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 vs Iran (10:00 GMT on BBC) – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

29 November 2022

Wales 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
Australia
Denmark
Tunisia

22 November 2022

France vs Australia (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 Australia (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

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

World Cup Group E
Spain
Costa Rica
Germany
Japan

23 November 2022

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

Spain vs Costa Rica (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 (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 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