Football is the most popular sport in the world, so it is obvious that fans are hyped for “the tournament of tournaments.” But what makes World Cup so special is that it gives a break to club football, and fans finally get to see their favourite superstars play in country colours. 

More than 3.5 billion people worldwide watched the previous edition of the FIFA World Cup held in 2018, hosted by Russia, which is almost half the global population. Now the biggest football tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup, is back with its 22nd edition, and it is expected even to surpass previous viewership records. 

Not sure when your favourite team plays their rivals? Here is the complete FIFA World Cup 2022’s schedule, along with groups, venues, and fixtures, so you do not miss any action.

Contents

  • FIFA World Cup 2022
  • FIFA 2022 World Cup Tournament Format
  • FIFA World Cup Schedule
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Venues
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures
    • Fixtures – Group Stage
    • Fixtures – Round of 16
    • Fixtures – Quarter-finals
    • Fixtures – Semi-finals
    • Fixtures – Final 
  • FIFA World Cup Ticket Booking
  • Final Words

FIFA World Cup 2022

The FIFA 2022 World Cup is set to kick off on 21st November 2022, and in a first, the middle eastern country of Qatar will host the tournament. Defending champions France will defend their title across the Qatari cities of Lusail, Al Khor, Doha, and Al Rayyan. We’ll see more about FIFA world cup 2022 venues and fixtures but first, let us go through FIFA World Cup’s tournament format.

FIFA 2022 World Cup Tournament Format

Football World Cup 2022 will carry the same format as before. Thirty-two teams will be divided into 8 groups, and the top two teams from each group will move to the next round, i.e., Round of 16. In the Round of 16, 16 teams will play each other, and the winners will compete in the FIFA World Cup final.

FIFA 2022 World Cup Schedule

Monday, 21st November 2022, will mark the commencement of the Football World Cup 2022 schedule, and the event will wrap up on Sunday, 18th December 2022. Below is the detailed Qatar World Cup 2022 schedule.

  • Group stage: 21st November to 2nd December
  • Round of 16: 3rd to 6th December
  • Quarter-finals: 9th to 10th December
  • Semi-finals: 13th to 14th December
  • Match for the third place: 17th December
  • Final match: 18th December

As per FIFA 2022 schedule, four matches will occur each day at the following times.

Stage(s)Qatar(AST)USA & Canada
(ET)
UK
(GMT)
Australia
(AEDT)
India
(IST)
Group stage1 PM5 AM10 AM9 PM3:30 PM
Group stage4 PM8 AM1 PM12 AM6:30 PM
Knockouts6 PM10 AM3 PM2 AM8:30 PM
Group stage7 PM11 AM4 PM3 AM9:30 PM
Group/Knockouts10 PM2 PM7 PM6 AM12:30 AM

FIFA World Cup 2022 Venues

Eight world-class stadiums across four Qatari cities of Lusail, Al Khor, Doha, and Al Rayyan will host FIFA 2022 World Cup matches. See the table below for a detailed FIFA World Cup 2022 venue and stadium list.

StadiumCityCapacity
Lusail Iconic StadiumLusail80,000
Al Bayt StadiumAl Khor60,000
Education City StadiumAl Rayyan45,350
Ahmed bin Ali StadiumAl Rayyan44,740
Ras Abu Aboud StadiumDoha40,000
Al Thumama StadiumDoha40,000
Khalifa International StadiumAl Rayyan40,000
Al Janoub StadiumAl Wakrah40,000

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups

Football World Cup 2022 will have 8 groups (with 4 teams each): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. Below is the detailed Qatar World Cup 2022 Groups list.

Group A

  • Ecuador
  • Netherlands
  • Qatar (H)
  • Senegal

Group B 

  • England
  • Iran
  • USA 
  • UEFA Path A Winners

Group C

  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia

Group D

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Tunisia
  • AFC-CONMEBOL Winners

Group E

  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • CONCACAF-OFC Winners

Group F

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Morocco

Group G

  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland

Group H

  • Ghana
  • Portugal
  • South Korea
  • Uruguay

FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures

See the tables below for detailed FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule.

  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures – Group Stage
DATEFIXTURESTIME (IST)VENUE
21st NovemberSenegal vs Netherlands3:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
England vs Iran6:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Qatar vs Ecuador9:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
22nd NovemberUSA vs European Play-off winner12:30 AMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia3:30 PMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Denmark vs Tunisia6:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Mexico vs Poland9:30 PMStadium 974, Doha
23rd NovemberFrance vs Intercontinental play-off 1 winner12:30 AMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Morocco vs Croatia3:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
Germany vs Japan6:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Spain vs Intercontinental play-off 2 winner9:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
24th NovemberBelgium vs Canada12:30 AMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Switzerland vs Cameroon3:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Uruguay vs South Korea6:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Portugal vs Ghana9:30 PMStadium 974, Doha
25th NovemberBrazil vs Serbia12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
European Play-off winner vs Iran3:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Qatar vs Senegal6:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
Netherlands vs Ecuador9:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
26th NovemberEngland vs USA12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
Tunisia vs Intercontinental play-off 1 winner3:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Poland vs Saudi Arabia6:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
France vs Denmark9:30 PMStadium 974, Doha
27th NovemberArgentina vs Mexico12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Japan vs Intercontinental play-off 2 winner3:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Belgium vs Morocco6:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
Croatia vs Canada9:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
28th NovemberSpain vs Germany12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
Cameroon vs Serbia3:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
South Korea vs Ghana6:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Brazil vs Switzerland9:30 PMStadium 974, Doha
29th NovemberPortugal vs Uruguay12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Netherlands vs Qatar8:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
Ecuador vs Senegal8:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
30th NovemberEuropean Play-off winner vs England12:30 AMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Iran vs USA12:30 AMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
Tunisia vs France8:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Intercontinental play-off 1 winner vs Denmark8:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
1st DecemberPoland vs Argentina12:30 AMStadium 974, Doha
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Croatia vs Belgium8:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Canada vs Morocco8:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
2nd DecemberJapan vs Spain12:30 AMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Intercontinental play-off 2 winner vs Germany12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr
South Korea vs Portugal8:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Ghana vs Uruguay8:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
3rd DecemberCameroon vs Brazil12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Serbia vs Switzerland12:30 AMStadium 974, Doha
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures – Round of 16
DATEFIXTURETIME (IST)VENUE
3rd DecemberRound of 16 – 1: Group A Winners vs Group B Runners-up8:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Round of 16 – 2: Group C Winners vs Group D Runners-up10:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
4th DecemberRound of 16 – 3: Group D Winners vs Group C Runners-up8:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
Round of 16 – 4: Group B Winners vs Group A Runners-up10:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
5th DecemberRound of 16 – 5: Group E Winners vs Group F Runners-up8:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Round of 16 – 6:  Group G Winners vs Group H Runners-up10:30 PMStadium 974, Doha
6th DecemberRound of 16 – 7:  Group F Winners vs Group E Runners-up8:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Round of 16 – 8:  Group H Winners vs Group G Runners-up10:30 PMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
9th DecemberQuarter-final 1: Round of 16 Winners – 5 vs Round of 16 – 6 Winners8:30 PMEducation City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Quarter-final 2: Round of 16 Winners – 1 vs of Round of 16 -2 Winners10:30 PMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
10th DecemberQuarter-final 3: Round of 16 Winners – 7 vs Round of 16 – 8 Winners8:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium, Doha
Quarter-final 4: Round of 16 Winners – 3 vs Round of 16 – 4 Winners10:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
13th DecemberSemi-final 1: Quarterfinal 2 Winners vs Quarterfinal 1 Winners10:30 PMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
14th DecemberSemi-final 2: Quarterfinal 4 Winners vs Quarterfinal 3 Winners10:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Third place play-off: Semi-final 1 Losers vs Semi-final 2 Losers8:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
18th DecemberFinal: Semi-final 1 Winners vs Semi-final 2 Winners8:30 PMLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures – Quarter-Finals
DateMatchTime (IST)Stadium
9th DecemberQF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H7:30 PMEducation City
QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D11:30 PMLusail
10th DecemberQF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G7:30 PMAl Thumama
QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C11:30 PMAl Bayt
  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures – Semi-finals
DateMatchTime (IST)Stadium
13th DecemberQF2 vs. QF111:30 PMLusail
14th DecemberQF4 vs. QF311:30 PMAl Bayt
  • 2022 FIFA World Cup Fixtures – Third Place
DateMatchTime (IST)Stadium
17th DecemberSemi-final losers7:30 PMKhalifa Int’l
  • 2022 FIFA World Cup Fixtures – Finals 2022
DateMatchTime (IST)Stadium
18th DecemberSemi-final winners7:30 PMLusail

FIFA World Cup 2022 Tickets Booking

Fans have many options for FIFA ticket bookings. The simplest and safest way to book a tournament ticket is through fifa.com, the official world cup website. You can also purchase tickets from third-party websites, but safety is always an issue with unofficial sites. 

To book tickets from official website, first you must register yourself and create an account on FIFA’s ticket booking portal. Once you are registered, you can book tickets to fixture of your choice. 

FIFA and Qatar have also created a website dedicated to the FIFA World Cup – qatar2022.qa. It is for football fanatics who want to turn their travel to the world cup into a full-fledged vacation. Fans can book flights, match tickets, and accommodations using one website.

Final Words

FIFA 2022 World Cup will be a mesmerizing event. When international stars and teams go head-to-head against one another, fans cannot miss it. If you are one of those fans who want to enjoy the action in person in the stadium while enjoying the beautiful Qatari architecture, Tata Capital can help you turn your dream vacation into a reality. Tata Capital offers travel loans of up to Rs 35 lakhs at attractive interest rates to fund your vacation overseas. There is no complex documentation or collateral, and the loan is approved instantly so that you can have a stress-free holiday. Visit the website to know more.

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