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FIFA World Cup schedule 2022: Dates, times & team fixtures


The 2022 FIFA World Cup is only a few months away and every berth is accounted for. The group stage matchups are set and we can begin to project who might be in best position to advance from the knockouts.

England landed the USA in Group B, Argentina and Lionel Messi will go up against Mexico in Group C, and it’ll be Luis Suarez and Uruguay looking to spoil a potential final World Cup tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo in Group H.

The tournament kicks off on Monday, Nov. 21 and will be wrapped up in less than a month with the final tabbed for Sunday, Dec. 18. Brazil enter as the No. 1 team in the world and have a manageable group to navigate, while defending champions France are expected to finish top in their group with a chance to build a head of steam in the tournament.

Which teams could surprise? African champions Senegal are one of the stronger teams in Group A, which also features hosts Qatar. In its first participation in 37 years, Canada landed in Group F, where it will like its chances to battle Morocco and Croatia for second place behind Belgium.

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

World Cup 2022 tournament format

The 2022 World Cup tournament will follow along the lines of past editions with a 32-team group stage which whittles the field down to 16 teams — only the top two teams from each group will advance.

Those 16 group-stage survivors will then begin a single-game knockout competition. The winner moves on, the loser goes home. There must be a winner on the day for every knockout round match, and extra time and penalty kicks will be used, if necessary, to determine a victor.

  • Group stage: Nov. 21-Dec. 2
  • Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
  • Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
  • Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
  • Third-place match: Dec. 17
  • Final: Dec. 18

When do World Cup matches start in Qatar?

There will be up to four matches daily during the group stage and they will be staggered throughout the day. The only matches that will overlap are the ones played on the final day of the group stage phase and that’s purely for competitive integrity.

Every time zone in the world will get a chance to watch matches at decent times throughout the day. Here’s a breakdown of how the local kickoff times in Qatar translate across regions around the world.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D: France, Australia/UAE/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

FIFA World Cup 2022 full schedule, fixtures and India match times

All times are in India Standard Time

Monday, November 21

Senegal vs Netherlands – 3:30 PM IST

England vs Iran – 6:30 PM IST

Qatar vs Ecuador – 9:30 PM IST

Tuesday, November 22

USA vs Wales/Scotland/Ukraine – 12:30 AM IST

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia – 3:30 PM IST

Denmark vs Tunisia – 6:30 PM IST

Mexico vs Poland – 9:30 PM IST

Wednesday, November 23

France vs UAE/Australia/Peru – 12:30 AM IST

Morocco vs Croatia – 3:30 PM IST

Germany vs Japan – 6:30 PM IST

Spain vs Costa Rica/New Zealand – 9:30 PM IST

Thursday, November 24

Belgium vs Canada – 12:30 AM IST

Switzerland vs Cameroon – 3:30 PM IST

Uruguay vs South Korea – 6:30 PM IST

Portugal vs Ghana – 9:30 PM IST

Friday, November 25

Brazil vs Serbia – 12:30 AM IST

Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs Iran – 3:30 PM IST

Qatar vs Senegal – 6:30 PM IST

Netherlands vs Ecuador – 9:30 PM IST

Saturday, November 26

England vs USA – 12:30 AM IST

Tunisia vs UAE/Australia/Peru – 3:30 PM IST

Poland vs Saudi Arabia – 6:30 PM IST

France vs Denmark – 9:30 PM IST

Sunday, November 27

Argentina vs Mexico – 12:30 PM IST

Japan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand – 3:30 PM IST

Belgium vs Morocco – 6:30 PM IST

Croatia vs Canada – 9:30 PM IST

Monday, November 28

Spain vs Germany – 12:30 PM IST

Cameroon vs Serbia – 3:30 PM IST

South Korea vs Ghana – 6:30 PM IST

Brazil vs Switzerland – 9:30 PM IST

Tuesday, November 29

Portugal vs Uruguay – 12:30 AM IST

Ecuador vs Senegal – 8:30 PM IST

Netherlands vs Qatar – 8:30 PM IST

Wednesday, November 30

Iran vs USA – 12:30 AM IST

Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs England – 12:30 AM IST

Tunisia vs France – 8:30 PM IST

UAE/Australia/Peru vs Denmark – 8:30 PM IST

Thursday, December 1

Poland vs Argentina – 12:30 AM IST

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – 12:30 AM IST

Canada vs Morocco – 8:30 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium – 8:30 PM IST

Friday, December 2

Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany – 12:30 AM IST

Japan vs Spain – 12:30 AM IST

Ghana vs Uruguay – 8:30 PM IST

South Korea vs Portugal – 8:30 PM IST

Saturday, December 3

Cameroon vs Brazil – 12:30 AM IST

Serbia vs Switzerland – 12:30 AM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 knockouts full schedule, fixtures and India match times

Saturday, December 3

1A vs 2B – 8:30 PM IST

Sunday, December 4

1C vs 2D – 12:30 AM IST

1D vs 2C – 8:30 PM IST

Monday, December 5

1B vs 2A – 12:30 AM IST

1E vs 2F – 8:30 PM IST

Tuesday, December 6

1G vs 2H – 12:30 AM IST

1F vs 2E – 8:30 PM IST

Wednesday, December 7

1H vs 2G – 12:30 AM IST

Friday, 09 December 2022

Quarter-final 1 – 8:30 PM IST

Saturday, 10 December 2022

Quarter-final 2 – 12:30 AM IST

Quarter-final 3 – 8:30 PM IST

Sunday, December 11

Quarter-final 4 – 12:30 AM IST

Wednesday, December 14

Semi-final 1 – 12:30 AM IST

Thursday, December 15

Semi-final 2 – 12:30 AM IST

Sunday, December 18

Bronze final – 12:30 AM IST

Monday, December 19

FIFA World Cup 2022 final – 12:30 AM IST