World Cup 2022

The World Cup Qatar 2022 is the 22nd edition of the FIFA football tournament.Find facts about World Cup 2022 including dates, times, groups, fixtures, venues and historical stats. World Cup Qatar 2022 is scheduled to take place 20 November-18 December, being the first World Cup edition that is not played during the summer due to weather conditions in the host country. The key facts for the event including the teams, the matches and game locations are presented below.
In total 210 national teams was involved in the qualification tournament, which was reduced to 32 teams for the final tournament. In total, 64 matches will be played (scroll down for all matches).

Official poster

Official poster World Cup Qatar 2022

Participating teams

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Korea Republic
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Wales

Dates

Opening game: World Cup 2022 opens in Al Khor 20 November 2022, 13:00 (UTC+3) with the match Qatar v Ecuador.
Group stage dates: The group stage is played November 20-2 December.
Group knockout phase dates: The knockout phase stage is played December 3-18.
The final date: The final is played on December 18.

Follow the news for the coming World Cup at FIFA.com

Cities and arenas

In total 8 stadiums will be used in the tournament in five cities. The final would be played at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail (capacity 80,000)

The semi-finals will be played at Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium. The final will be played at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

The groups

The teams in the World Cup 2022 are divided among six continents and will also include the directly qualified host nation. The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout phase.

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
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, Korea Republic

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Fixtures

A novelty is four matches a day instead for three in the group phase.

Times for match starts are in local time. 16:00 in Quatar = 15:00 in Rome = 14:00 in London = 12:00 in Buenos Aires = 11:00 in New York = 22:00 in Tokyo

20 November

Group A: Qatar v Ecuador (19:00 local time = 18:00 CET)

21 November

Group B: England v Iran (16:00 local time = 15:00 CET)
Group A: Senegal v Netherlands (19:00 local time = 18:00 CET)
Group B: USA v Wales (22:00 local time = 21:00 CET)

22 November

Group C: Argentina v Saudi Arabia (13:00)
Group D: Denmark v Tunisia (16:00)
Group C: Mexico v Poland (19:00)
Group D: France v Australia (22:00)

23 November

Group F: Morocco v Croatia (13:00)
Group E: Germany v Japan (16:00)
Group F: Spain v Costa Rica (19:00)
Group E: Belgium v Canada (22:00)

24 November

Group G: Switzerland v Cameroon (13:00)
Group H: Uruguay v Korea Republic (16:00)
Group H: Portugal v Ghana (19:00)
Group G: Brazil v Serbia (22:00)

25 November

Group B: Wales v Iran (13:00)
Group A: Qatar v Senegal (16:00)
Group A: Netherlands v Ecuador (19:00)
Group B: England v USA (22:00)

26 November

Group D: Tunisia v Australia (13:00)
Group C: Poland v Saudi Arabia (16:00)
Group D: France v Denmark (19:00)
Group C: Argentina v Mexico (22:00)

27 November

Group E: Japan v Costa Rica (13:00)
Group F: Belgium v Morocco (16:00)
Group F: Croatia v Canada (19:00)
Group E: Spain v Germany (22:00)

28 November

Group G: Cameroon v Serbia (13:00)
Group H: Korea Republic v Ghana (16:00)
Group G: Brazil v Switzerland (19:00)
Group H: Portugal v Uruguay (22:00)

29 November

Group G: Ecuador v Senegal (13:00)
Group H: Netherlands v Qatar (16:00)
Group G: Wales v England (19:00)
Group H: Iran v USA (22:00)

30 November

Group D: Australia v Denmark (13:00)
Group D: Tunisia v France (16:00)
Group C: Poland v Argentina (19:00)
Group C: Saudi Arabia v Mexico (22:00)

1 December

Group F: Croatia v Belgium (13:00)
Group F: Canada v Morocco (16:00)
Group E: Japan v Spain (19:00)
Group E: Costa Rica v Germany (22:00)

2 December

Group H: Ghana v Uruguay (13:00)
Group H: Korea Republic v Portugal (16:00)
Group G: Serbia v Switzerland (19:00)
Group G: Cameroon v Brazil (22:00)

KNOCKOUT PHASE

Round of 16

3 December

1: 1A v 2B (18:00)
2: 1C v 2D (22:00)

4 December

1: 1D v 2C (18:00)
2: 1B v 2A (22:00)

5 December

1: 1E v 2F (18:00)
2: 1G v 2H (22:00)

6 December

1: 1F v 2E (18:00)
2: 1H v 2G (22:00)
Rest days on 7 and 8 December

Quarter-finals

9 December

QF1: Winner 6 v Winner 5 (18:00)
QF2: Winner 4 v Winner 2 (22:00)

10 December

QF1: Winner 6 v Winner 5 (18:00)
QF2: Winner 4 v Winner 2 (22:00)
Rest days on 11 and 12 December

Semi-finals

13 December

SF1: Winner QF2 v Winner QF1 (22:00)

14 December

SF2: Winner QF4 v Winner QF3 (22:00)
Rest days on 15 and 16 December

3rd place

17 December

Loser SF1 v Loser SF2 (18:00)

Final

18 December

Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 (18:00)

Stats

Statistics for the FIFA World Cup with titles, finals and participations.

Most successful national teams in FIFA World Cup
Team Titles Finals Participation
Brazil 5 7 21
Germany 4 8 19
Italy 4 6 18
Argentina 2 5 17
France 2 3 15
Uruguay 2 2 13
England 1 1 15
Spain 1 1 15
Netherlands 0 3 10
Hungary 0 2 9
Czechoslovakia 0 2 8
Sweden 0 1 12
Croatia 0 1 5

In total, eight nations have won the tournament.

See facts about the last tournament World Cup 2018 in Russia.

References:
https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup

More about some of the partcipating national teams

Argentina national football team logoArgentina
Belgium national football team logoBelgium
Brazil national football team logoBrazil
Croatia national football team logoCroatia
Denmark national football team logoDenmark
England national football team logoEngland
France national football team logoFrance
Germany national football team logoGermany
Portugal national football team logoPortugal
Senegal national football team logoSenegal
Spain national football team logoSpain