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Fifa World Cup 2022: Everything You Need to Know

When is FIFA World cup 2022?

With the Fifa World Cup 2022 draw now out, football fans worldwide are counting the days for the biggest extravaganza in world football. World Cup Qatar 2022 is scheduled to start on November 21, 2022, with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium. The FIFA World Cup Qatar final is scheduled to be held on December 18, 2022, Sunday, at the Lusail Stadium.

Four teams have been divided into 10 groups with the 2022 World Cup finals kicking off with 32 teams fighting it out for the coveted trophy. There will be 45 group stage matches in total, before the round of 16 starts on December 3. It will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the grand finale.

Fifa world cup 2022: Schedule, Venues and Match Timings (IST)

All timings are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

Match NumberDateFixturesTime (IST)Venue
1November 21Qatar vs Ecuador3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
3November 21Senegal vs Netherlands9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
2November 21England vs Iran6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
4November 22USA vs Wales/Scotland/Ukraine00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
8November 23Argentina vs Saudi Arabia00:30 amLusail Stadium
7November 22Mexico vs Poland9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
6November 22France vs UAE/Australia/Peru6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
5November 22Denmark vs Tunisia3:30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
12November 23Spain vs Costa Rica/New Zealand3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
11November 23Germany vs Japan9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
10November 23Belgium vs Canada6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
9November 24Morocco vs Croatia00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
16November 25Brazil vs Serbia00:30 amLusail Stadium
15November 24Switzerland vs Cameroon9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
14November 24Portugal vs Ghana6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
13November 24Uruguay vs South Korea3.30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
20November 25England vs USA3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
19November 25Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs Iran9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
18November 25Qatar vs Senegal6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
17November 26Netherlands vs Ecuador00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
24November 27France vs Denmark00:30 amLusail Stadium
23November 26Tunisia vs UAE/Australia/Peru9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
22November 26Argentina vs Mexico6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
21November 26Poland vs Saudi Arabia3.30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
28November 27Belgium vs Morocco3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
27November 27Croatia vs Canada9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
26November 27Spain vs Germany6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
25November 28Japan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
32November 29Portugal vs Uruguay00:30 amLusail Stadium
31November 28South Korea vs Ghana9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
30November 28Brazil vs Switzerland6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
29November 28Cameroon vs Serbia3.30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
36November 29Netherlands vs Qatar3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
35November 29Ecuador vs Senegal9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
34November 29Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs England6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
33November 30Iran vs USA00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
40December 1Poland vs Argentina00:30 amLusail Stadium
39November 30Saudi Arabia vs Mexico9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
38November 30Tunisia vs France6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
37November 30UAE/Australia/Peru vs Denmark3.30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
44December 1Japan vs Spain3.30 pmAl Bayt Stadium
43December 1Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany9:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
42December 1Croatia vs Belgium6:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
41December 2Canada vs Morocco00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
48December 3Cameroon vs Brazil00:30 amLusail Stadium
47December 2Serbia vs Switzerland9:30 pmRas Abu Aboud Stadium
46December 2South Korea vs Portugal6:30 pmEducation City Stadium
45December 2Ghana vs Uruguay3.30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
49December 31A vs 2B8:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
50December 41C vs 2D00:30 amAl Rayyan Stadium
51December 51B vs 2A00:30 amAl Bayt Stadium
52December 41D vs 2C8:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
54December 61G vs 2H00:30 amRas Abu Aboud Stadium
53December 51E vs 2F8:30 pmAl Janoub Stadium
56December 71H vs 2G00:30 amLusail Stadium
55December 61F vs 2E8:30 pmEducation City Stadium
57December 10W49 vs W5000:30 amLusail Stadium
58December 9W53 vs W548:30 pmEducation City Stadium
59December 11W51 vs W5200:30 amAl Bayt Stadium
60December 10W55 vs W568:30 pmAl Thumama Stadium
61December 14W57 vs W5800:30 amLusail Stadium
62December 15W59 vs W6000:30 amAl Bayt Stadium
63December 17L61 vs L628:30 pmKhalifa International Stadium
64December 18W61 vs W628:30 pmLusail Stadium

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Being the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar enter Group A as the top seed despite being ranked 51st in world football. Spanish coach Felix Sanchez will be managing the Asian nation in their first World Cup in football.

After failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands will be desperate to make an impact in Qatar this time with coach Louis van Gaal looking to create history. Liverpool star Sadio Mane will lead Senegal this World Cup, hoping to emulate their title-winning performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Group B: England, Iran, USA, Final European play-off winner

Former FIFA World Cup winners England are pitted against Iran and USA, while the Group B teams await their final opponent, who could be either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine.

A star-studded English team are the early favourites to advance into the knockout stages after their brilliant performance in the Euro 2020, where they reached the final before losing to Italy on penalties. Though Iran, who won their qualifying group, may find familiar playing conditions in Qatar, and a promising USA squad have turned heads with their brand of football, Harry Kane and Co. are expected to pass comprehensively.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Copa America winners Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, have been pitted into Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. One of Copa America’s top scorers, this is definitely Lionel Messi’s last World Cup and he would be eyeing easy progress from the group.

Mexico and Poland remain tricky opponents for Argentina in the group. While Poland, led by Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, make their first appearance in the World Cup since 1986, South American giants Mexico will look to go further after losing in the first knockout round in their last seven attempts.

Group D: France, Play-off winner, Denmark, Tunisia

Defending world champions, France have been drawn against Denmark and Tunisia in Group D as they await either Peru or Australia from the playoff match. However, this World Cup group isn’t as easy as it seems for the Les Bleus.

The biggest challenger in this group will be Denmark, who had turned heads by reaching the semi-finals in Euro 2020. The two teams were drawn into the same group in the 1998 FIFA World Cup when the Danes had gone on to lift the title while France were eliminated from the group stage. No team has retained the World Cup title since Brazil’s feat in 2002 and France will be well aware of this fact. Tunisia might not be the powerhouse here, but they have enough talents to cause upsets.

Group E: Spain, Play-off winner, Germany, Japan

The probable group of death this World Cup, Group E features two former World Cup winners Germany and Spain along with Japan. The three teams will be joined by the winner of the playoff clash between Costa Rica and New Zealand.

Both Germany and Spain are scheduled to play two group stage games before they face each other on November 27, 2022, a clash that could prove to be definitive in their aim to top the table. Asian giants Japan had won the 2011 Asia Cup in Qatar and coach Hajime Moriyasu will hope to have similar success this time around as well.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

A group of two dark horses, Belgium and Croatia are the favourites to advance from Group F. And while Morocco and Canada aren’t as established in world football as the European giants, they boast of talents that can put up great fights against the best of the teams.

The Belgian team was the no.1 team in world football until recently and had impressed one and all with a third-place finish in the 2018 World Cup. Croatia, on the other hand, went toe to toe against some of the world’s best in the previous World Cup to end as the runners-up. From Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne to Croatia’s Luka Modric, to Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Canada’s Alphonso Davies, this group is expected to be a star-studded affair from the first day.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

The current no.1 team in world football, Brazil have been drawn against Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G. Incidentally, the Brazilian national side was grouped with Serbia and Switzerland in the 2018 World Cup as well, when they had easily advanced to the knockout stages.

The other team apart from Brazil, who are expected to qualify for the knockout stages is Switzerland. After the nation eliminated France from the Euro 2020, the European side will be hoping to go far in the World Cup as well. Cameroon needed a very dramatic finish against Alegria ro qualify for the finals, but they aren’t expected t go further than this.

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Euro Cup top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Portugal has been served a tough group where they will face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. And while Portugal are still the favourites to progress from Group H, they will be well aware of their opponents.

It is safe to assume that a 38-year-old Ronaldo and 35-year-old Luis Suarez will be playing their last World Cup this time, with Portugal eyeing redemption after Uruguay had knocked them out in the 2018 World Cup. South Korea and Ghana are expected to struggle against the two continental giants, but they have individual talents who are capable of turning games on their heads.


What is the Fifa World Cup 2022 draw?

The Fifa World Cup 2022 final draw was held on April 1, 2022, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, where 32 teams were divided into eight groups. They are mentioned above.

Which country will host Fifa World Cup 2022?

Qatar will host Fifa World Cup 2022 from November November 21, 2022 to December 18, 2022.

Which country won the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

The France national football team won the 2018 FIFA World Cup after they defeated Croatia 4-2.

Who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

The Spain national team had won the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating the Netherlands 1-0.

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