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FIFA Announces Date For 2022 World Cup



Zainab Sanni

The Qatar 2022 world cup will kick off towards the end of November and end on the second week of December.

This is according to a statement by the world football governing body, FIFA. The statement noted that the 2022 competition will feature four matches a day throughout the group stage to ensure optimal rest time for the teams.

FIFA said that the Al Bayt Stadium, which is a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament November 21 at 13:00 local time.

“The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00,” FIFA said.

It added, “Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on December 17. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at  Lusail Stadium  in front of an 80,000 crowd.”

“This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each matchday to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.

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“Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.”

“On top of that, this will potentially give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.

“For those eager to book their seats at Qatar 2022, hospitality sales are scheduled to start in late 2020. Ticket sales for the general public will be conducted solely via, where details on the timeline, phases, categories and prices will be communicated in due course.”

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