Official – FIFA unveil dates and schedule for World Cup 2022 to be played in Qatar
The 2022 World Cup dates have been officially unveiled by FIFA.
For the first time in its history, the World Cup will not be played in the summer. Instead, it will be a winter wonderland of soccer.
Today FIFA revealed that the first match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place on Monday, 21 November 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium.
The final is scheduled for December 18th 2022 at the Lusail Stadium.
The official statement revealed just how many games will be played per day too.
The statement read:
“The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day, it promises a full and exciting schedule for fans.”
“Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shapes from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament on Monday, 21 November 2022.”
“Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December.”
“The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.”
It could mean domestic seasons all over the globes next term could be rushed so as to meet up for the lost time. Considering that the period between November and December would normally be a time when domestic seasons in Europe and all over the world are in play.
The next edition of the World Cup could also be very significant to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. At the age of 35 and 32 respectively, it could well be the last realistic chance both players get to lay their hands on the prestigious trophy that has eluded them all of their careers.