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World Cup fixtures: Dates, kick-off times and full schedule for Qatar 2022

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We now know who plays who and when in this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar following Friday’s draw in Doha.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins on 21 November with a match between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium as 32 teams aim to reach the final and become world champions on 18 December.

This edition will be the last to feature just 32 teams, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 inwards in order to feature 48 nations.

Reigning champions France will be among the favourites, though no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain, and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina will also likely feature in the knockout stages, while Senegal could represent Africa’s biggest hopes of winning for the first time.

But when are the other group fixtures? What day do the knockout rounds start? And when is the final?

We have provided you with all the fixture information available so far for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

Key dates

Group stage: 21 November to 2 December

Round of 16: 3-6 December

Quarter-finals: 9-10 December

Semi-finals: 13-14 December

Final: 18 December

Group-stage fixtures

The 2022 World Cup features 32 teams in eight groups of four, although some of the teams remain to be decided with one European and two intercontinental finals still to be played.

Four games will be played each day during a group stage that runs for 12 days.

The winners and runners-up of each group progress to the last 16.

Monday, 21 November

Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador, Senegal vs Netherlands

Group B: England vs Iran, USA vs Wales

Tuesday, 22 November

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, Mexico vs Poland

Group D: France vs Australia, Denmark vs Tunisia

Wednesday, 23 November

Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica, Germany vs Japan

Group F: Belgium vs Canada, Morocco vs Croatia

Thursday, 24 November

Group G: Brazil vs Serbia, Switzerland vs Cameroon

Group H: Portugal vs Ghana, Uruguay vs South Korea

Friday, 25 November

Group A: Qatar vs Senegal, Netherlands vs Ecuador

Group B: England vs USA, Wales vs Iran

Saturday, 26 November

Group C: Argentina vs Mexico, Poland vs Saudi Arabia

Group D: France vs Denmark, Tunisia vs Australia

Sunday, 27 November

Group E: Spain vs Germany, Japan vs Costa Rica

Group F: Belgium vs Morocco, Croatia vs Canada

Monday, 28 November

Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland, Cameroon vs Serbia

Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay, South Korea vs Ghana

Tuesday, 29 November

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar, Ecuador vs Senegal

Group B: Wales vs England, Iran vs USA

Wednesday, 30 November

Group C: Poland vs Argentina, Saudi Arabia vs Mexico

Group D: Tunisia vs France, Australia vs Denmark

Thursday, 1 December

Group E: Japan vs Spain, Costa Rica vs Germany

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco

Friday, 2 December

Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil, Serbia vs Switzerland

Group H: South Korea vs Portugal, Ghana vs Uruguay

Last 16

Unlike the group stage, the venues and kick-off times for the knockout rounds have already been assigned.

Saturday, 3 December

Game 49: Winners of Group A vs runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 15:00)

Game 50: Winners of Group C vs runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; 19:00)

Sunday, 4 December

Game 51: Winners of Group D vs runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; 15:00)

Game 52: Winners of Group B vs runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 19:00)

Monday, 5 December

Game 53: Winners of Group E vs runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; 15:00)

Game 54: Winners of Group G vs runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; 19:00)

Tuesday, 6 December

Game 55: Winners of Group F vs runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; 15:00)

Game 56: Winners of Group H vs runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 19:00)

Quarter-finals

Friday, 9 December

Game 57: Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; 15:00)

Game 58: Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 19:00)

Saturday, 10 December

Game 59: Winners of game 55 vs winners of game 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; 15:00)

Game 60: Winners of game 51 vs winners of game 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 19:00)

Semi-finals

Tuesday, 13 December

Game 61: Winners of game 57 vs winners of game 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 19:00)

Wednesday, 14 December

Game 62: Winners of game 59 vs winners of game 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 19:00)

Third-place play-off

Saturday, 17 December

Game 63: Losers of game 61 vs losers of game 62 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 15:00)

Final

Sunday, 18 December

Game 64: Winners of game 61 vs winners of game 62 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 19:00)

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