FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule PDF Download

The World Cup is less than six months away and the excitement is palpable for one of the most unique editions of the global showpiece in modern history.

Fans, pundits and various football figures have already started making predictions on how the event will turn out. Tickets are already being sold out and there are still thousands of fans on the queue.

In anticipation of the upcoming showpiece, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the complete schedule, and some fun facts about the schedule.

2022 FIFA World Cup Schedule, Fixture & PDF Download 

DateCountryGroupVenuesET Time
November 21Senegal vs NetherlandsGroup AAl Thumama Stadium, Doha5:00 AM
November 21England vs IranGroup BKhalifa International Stadium8:00 AM
November 21Qatar vs EcuadorGroup AAl Bayt Stadium11:00 AM
November 21United States vs. WalesGroup BAl Rayyan Stadium2:00 PM
November 22Argentina vs. Saudi ArabiaGroup CLusail Stadium5:00 AM
November 22Denmark vs. TunisiaGroup DEducation City Stadium8:00 AM
November 22Mexico vs. PolandGroup CStadium 97411:00 AM
November 22France vs. TBDGroup D2:00 PM
November 23Morocco vs. CroatiaGroup FAl Bayt Stadium5:00 AM
November 23Germany vs. JapanGroup EKhalifa International Stadium8:00 AM
November 23Spain vs. TBD11:00 AM
November 23Belgium vs. CanadaGroup FAl Rayyan Stadium2:00 PM
November 24Switzerland vs. CameroonGroup GAl Wakrah Sports Complex5:00 AM
November 24Uruguay vs. South KoreaGroup HEducation City Stadium8:00 AM
November 24Portugal vs. GhanaGroup HStadium 97411:00 AM
November 24Brazil vs. SerbiaGroup GLusail Stadium2:00 PM
November 25Wales vs. IranGroup BAl Rayyan Stadium5:00 AM
November 25Qatar vs. SenegalGroup AAl Thumama Stadium8:00 AM
November 25Netherlands vs. EcuadorGroup AKhalifa International Stadium11:00 AM
November 25England vs. USAGroup BAl Bayt Stadium2:00 PM
November 26Tunisia vs. TBD5:00 AM
November 26Poland vs. Saudi ArabiaGroup CEducation City Stadium8:00 AM
November 26France vs. DenmarkGroup DStadium 97411:00 AM
November 26Argentina vs. MexicoGroup CLusail Stadium2:00 PM
November 27Japan vs. TBD5:00 AM
November 27Belgium vs. MoroccoGroup FAl Thumama Stadium8:00 AM
November 27Croatia vs. CanadaGroup FKhalifa International Stadium11:00 AM
November 27Spain vs. GermanyGroup EAl Bayt Stadium2:00 PM
November 28Cameroon vs. SerbiaGroup GAl Wakrah Sports Complex5:00 AM
November 28South Korea vs. GhanaGroup HEducation City Stadium8:00 AM
November 28Brazil vs. SwitzerlandGroup GStadium 97411:00 AM
November 28Portugal vs. UruguayGroup HLusail Stadium2:00 PM
November 29Netherlands vs. QatarGroup AAl Bayt Stadium10:00 AM
November 29Ecuador vs. SenegalGroup AKhalifa International Stadium10:00 AM
November 29Wales vs. EnglandGroup BAl Rayyan Stadium2:00 PM
November 29Iran vs. United StatesGroup BAl Thumama Stadium2:00 PM
November 30Tunisia vs. FranceGroup DEducation City Stadium10:00 AM
November 30TBD vs. Denmark10:00 AM
November 30Poland vs. ArgentinaGroup CStadium 9742:00 PM
November 30Saudi Arabia vs. MexicoGroup CLusail Stadium2:00 PM
December 1Croatia vs. BelgiumGroup FAl Rayyan Stadium10:00 AM
December 1Canada vs. MoroccoGroup FAl Thumama Stadium10:00 AM
December 1Japan vs. SpainGroup EKhalifa International Stadium2:00 PM
December 1TBD vs. Germany2:00 PM
December 2South Korea vs. PortugalGroup HEducation City Stadium10:00 AM
December 2Ghana vs. UruguayGroup HAl Wakrah Sports Complex10:00 AM
December 2Cameroon vs. BrazilGroup GLusail Stadium2:00 PM
December 2Serbia vs. SwitzerlandGroup GStadium 9742:00 PM

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Interesting facts about the World Cup 2022 schedule

The host nation, Qatar, won the rights at the FIFA Congress which took place on December 2, 2010. It is the last World Cup to have 32 participating teams because FIFA have planned to expand the global showpiece to 48 teams in the 2026 World Cup which will be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the USA of the CONCACAF region.

Here are some more interesting facts about the schedule.

  •  Fixtures were not released until the draw was completed for the first time in World Cup history.
  • One stadium will play host to at least three groups.
  • The opening match is reminiscent of the 2002 World Cup, the last one to be hosted by an Asian nation. In that tournament, Senegal and France played the first game while the hosts South Korea/Japan played later. In this tournament, Senegal and The Netherlands will open the tournament while the hosts Qatar will face Ecuador later.
  • The opening ceremony will be held just before Qatar’s first match.

When was the World Cup schedule finalized?

The schedule for Qatar 2022 was decided on July 15, 2020, the second anniversary of France’s triumph at the 2018 tournament.

The times for the matches as decided by FIFA on that day are as follows:

  •    Group stages: 13:00 (1 PM), 16:00 (4 PM), 19:00 (7 PM), and 22:00 (10 PM).
  •    Simultaneous last round of group stage games: 18:00 (6 PM) and 22:00 (10 PM).
  •    Knockout games: 18:00 (6 PM) and 22:00 (10 PM).
  • Third place and final: 18:00 (6 PM).

All times mentioned are local Arabia Standard Time (AST).

How many matches will there be at the 2022 World Cup?

Fans will be treated to 65 thrilling matches to decide the 22nd winner of the World Cup.

The first match will be held on November 21, 2022 and the final will be held on Qatar’s National Day, December 18, 2022.

The tournament will start as usual with 32 teams which will be cut down to 16 after three rounds of matches. The 16  teams will then play in knockout rounds until the semi-finals where the losing teams will face each other for third place and the winning teams will face each other to determine the champion.

As usual, games in the knockout rounds that end in a tie will have 30 minutes of extra time and will go to penalties if the match still ends in a tie.

Where will the matches take place?

The group stages start on the opening day of the tournament, November 21, and will run until December 2. The round of 16 begins from December 3 to 6. The quarter-finals will run from December 9 to 10, and the semi-finals from December 13 to 14.

The semi-finalists will then face each other for third place on December 17, and the winner will be crowned at the final on December 18.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup is unique for a number of reasons, among which is its compact nature. There is no need for air travel to venues for both fans and teams as all the stadiums are in close proximity to each other.

There are eight stadiums which will host the World Cup: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.

The stadiums will host the following matches:

  •  Al Bayt Stadium – Group A, Group B, Group E, Group F, Round of 16, quarter final, semi final
  • Khalifa International Stadium – Group A, Group B, Group E, Group F, Round of 16, third-place playoff.
  • Al Thumama Stadium – Group A, Group B, Group E, Group F, Round of 16, quarter final
  •  Ahmad bin Ali Stadium – Group B, Group E, Group G, Round of 16
  • Lusail Iconic Stadium – Group C, Group G, Group H, Round of 16, quarter final, semi final, final
  • Stadium 974 – Group C, Group D, Group G, Group H, Round of 16
  •  Education City Stadium – Group C, Group D, Group H, Round of 16, quarter final
  • Al Janoub Stadium – Group D, Group G, Group H, Round of 16

Wales and Ukraine qualification

Wales have already qualified for the tournament after beating Ukraine by a lone goal on Sunday June 5, 2022.

Ukraine fought to return to the pitch following an imposed break on football – and life in general – in the country due to the Russian invasion of their country.

Ukraine showed grit to dispatch Scotland 3-1 and set up a match with Wales for a chance at their first World Cup appearance since 2006. However, Wales, who had not been to the World Cup since 1964 wanted it more and sealed a famous and emotional victory over Ukraine.

Following Wales’ qualification, here are the groups for the upcoming showpiece.

  • Group A: Qatar (hosts), Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
  •  Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Groups D and E will be decided when Australia (Asia) takes on Peru (South America) and Costa Rica (North America) faces New Zealand (Oceania) in the last two inter-confederation playoffs on June 14.

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