Guide to the Qatar World Cup 2022

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The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 is now just one year away and will be played in very different circumstances from the other tournaments. It gets underway on November 21, 2022.

The format of the World will remain the same but the only big difference will be that it will be staged in the winter rather than through the blistering Qatar summer.

Here is a rundown of all the information you need to know about Qatar 2022, just under a year from getting underway.

The Qatar 2022 Schedule

The tournament runs from 21 November – 18 December 2022.

The group stage matches will be played until 2nd December. The round of 16 matches will be played from 2nd to 6th December. The quarter-finals matches will be played on 9th and 10th December. The semi-finals will be played on 13th and 14th December and the final will be played on 18th December.

In Doha, Qatar, the final draw of the groups will be scheduled for 1st April 2022 which will be right before the inter-confederation play-offs which is scheduled in June.

UK Coverage Channels

The World Cup will be broadcast on ITV and BBC as per usual.

Country Time Difference

The UK is three hours behind Qatar in November and the group stage matches will be played at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm UK time and the knockout stage matches will be held at 3 pm and 7 pm.

That means if you’re in the UK you can watch all the matches on TV while eating your breakfast, having your lunch or enjoying a beer with your mates after work.

World Cup 2022

Teams That Have Qualified So Far

  • Qatar
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

The Plan For The Champions League and Premier League During The World Cup

The Premier League players will not have enough time to rest before or after the World Cup as the fixtures will be set to stop after November 12th weekend and continue from Boxing Day 2022.

The season will be starting earlier on 6th August 2022 and will finish on 28th May which will be a little later than the current season.

There has been no formal announcement about rescheduling the Champions League around the World. However, the final is set to be played on 27th of May in Munich which is set a day earlier than the 2022 final. So it’s fair to say that the World Cup will not force UEFA in extending the competition.

The Average Temperatures During The Qatar World Cup

Unlike in Qatar’s searing temperatures in July (reaching up to 40 degrees), the temperature in November and December will be perfect for football matches.

There have been weather reports that state that the maximum temperature that will be reached in November will be 30°C (going down to 20°C minimum) and in December these temperatures will fall to a maximum of 25°C and minimum of 16°C.

The Qatar World Cup 2022 Stadiums

Eight stadiums will be used throughout the tournament with the opening fixture at the Al Bayt Stadium and the final being played at the Lusail Stadium.

Lusail Stadium, Lusail: Capacity: 80,000

Group Matches – 5 matches

Round of 16 – 1 match

Quarter-Final – 1 match

Semi-Final – 1 match

Final

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor: Capacity: 60,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Quarter-Final – 1 Match

Semi-Final – 1 Match

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Third Place Match

Education City Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 match

Quarter-Final – 1 Match

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

Group Matches – 5 Matches

Round of 16 – 1 Match

Quarter-Final – 1 Match