Gio Reyna #11 of the US is marked by Daniel Chacon #6 of Costa Rica throughout a FIFA World Cup qualifier sport at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on March 30, 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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From key dates to kick-off instances, this is all you might want to find out about this yr’s event.
When and the place is the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup is happening in Qatar within the winter months quite than the same old summer time ones, as a result of warmth.
The event kicks off on Monday November 21 on the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor when hosts Qatar tackle Ecuador on the Al Bayt Stadium.
England can even function on the primary day with their Group B match in opposition to Iran scheduled to happen simply eight days after the Premier League shuts down.
The ultimate can be performed on the Lusail Stadium in Doha per week earlier than Christmas on Sunday December 18.
Who has certified up to now?
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29 of the 32 nations who will seem on the event at the moment are recognized.
As hosts, Qatar acquired automated qualification to subsequent yr’s event.
4-time World Cup winners Germany have been the primary crew to ensure a spot via the qualification course of in Europe, whereas Brazil – probably the most profitable nationwide crew in World Cup historical past with 5 trophies – secured swift qualification as one of many high 4 groups in South America’s teams.
England secured their place in November by topping their qualifying group.
Canada qualified for the World Cup finals for just the second time, beating Jamaica 4-0 to ebook their ticket to Qatar and finish 36 years of failure and heartache.
Mexico and the United States additionally certified for the World Cup of their ultimate qualifier, and Senegal, Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon have been among the many ultimate international locations to ebook their locations at Qatar 2022. Sadio Mane scored the profitable kick as Senegal beat Egypt 3-1 on penalties, with Mo Salah among the many Egyptian gamers to overlook their spot-kicks.
In Europe, Portugal and Poland progressed to the finals after profitable their play-off finals in opposition to North Macedonia and Sweden respectively. The third and ultimate European play-off, which is able to function Wales in opposition to Scotland or Ukraine, has been delayed till June.
Who would be the ultimate three international locations to qualify?
Wales, Scotland or Ukraine can be on the World Cup as play-off winners.
In the meantime, the intercontinental play-offs can be contested on 13-14 June in Qatar with Australia or UAE or Peru plus Costa Rica or New Zealand taking the 2 remaining locations.
UEFA and Intercontinental play-offs:
- Wales vs Scotland or Ukraine
- Australia or United Arab Emirates vs Peru
- Costa Rica vs New Zealand
As a result of Scotland and Wales have been pitched in the identical path, it means Scotland and Wales will play one another for a spot at subsequent yr’s World Cup if Scotland progress previous Ukraine of their delayed play-off semi-final.
What’s the World Cup group 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
What’s the World Cup format and schedule?
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The 2022 World Cup will function 32 groups in eight teams of 4.
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4 matches can be performed every day in the course of the group stage, which is able to run over a 12-day interval and see winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16.
Matches will solely be assigned to specific venues after the finals draw, so organisers can select optimum kick-off instances to go well with tv audiences in numerous international locations, in addition to supporters out in Qatar.
In contrast to at Euro 2020, there can be a third-place play-off sport on December 17.
Group stage: November 21- December 2
Spherical of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Remaining: December 18
When will the matches kick off?
FIFA has confirmed the primary two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm native time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the UK).
Kick-off instances within the ultimate spherical of group video games and knock-out spherical matches can be at 6pm and 10pm native time (3pm and 7pm UK time).
The ultimate is scheduled to kick off at 6pm native time (3pm UK time)
What are the venues?
The group video games will happen throughout eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Schooling Metropolis Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.
What is going to occur with the Premier League?
The Premier League has confirmed key dates for the 2022/23 marketing campaign, with the season adjusted to accommodate a World Cup that takes place in the midst of the home calendar.
The season will begin per week sooner than regular on August 6 2022, with 16 matchdays happening as much as the weekend of November 12/13, earlier than the event kicks off on November 21.
The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup ultimate, which takes place on December 18.
The ultimate match spherical of the 2022/23 season can be performed on Might 28 2023.
Key World Cup, Premier League, Scottish Premiership dates
April – World Cup draw.
July 30 – Scottish Premiership season begins together with the EFL Championship, League One and League Two.
August 6 – Premier League season begins.
November 12-13 – Remaining spherical of Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership matches earlier than the World Cup.
November 21 – World Cup begins.
December 2 – Remaining set of group stage matches.
December 3-6 – The spherical of 16 begins.
December 9-10 – The quarter-finals.
December 10 – The Championship resumes.
December 13-14 – World Cup semi-finals.
December 17 – The Scottish Premiership resumes.
December 18 – World Cup ultimate.
December 26 – The Premier League resumes.