The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd running of FIFA World Cup competition, It is scheduled to take place in Qatar this year.
FIFA world cup 2022 : Venue, teams, groups, fixtures
This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
|Dates||21 November – 18 December|
|Teams||32 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 5 host cities)|
In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, this World Cup will be held from late-November to mid-December, making it the first tournament not to be held in May, June, or July; it will be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days.
The first match played at the tournament will be contested between Senegal and the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
The final is due to be held on 18 December 2022, which is also Qatar National Day. The reigning World Cup champions are France.
FIFA world cup 2022 Venue
A tournament claimed by the organizers to be “the best tournament ever”, controversies have followed it around ever since FIFA’s contentious decision to host it in Qatar.
Despite this, it promises to be a World Cup of changes, of uniqueness, of unpredictability, and surely feature high quality football for fans to follow, as they cheer their team on, and their heroes strive for glory.
A World Cup can be considered the pinnacle of football, and everyone will be dreaming it will be their team lifting the iconic trophy over their heads.
As Qatar is mainly desert, the climate in summer is unsuited for such high-intensity sport. With temperatures potentially rising up to 45 C, it was obvious that there would be a scheduling change, which was the case.
For the first time in the tournament’s rich 92-year history, it will be played in winter, from 21st November to 18th December, to veer around the issue of heat.
At this time, the temperature will likely be no higher than 30 C, based on studies from the average temperatures in Doha from 1991-2020. This is obviously a more suitable temperature for football.
Qatar was definitely underequipped for a sporting event of this magnitude, as they have built seven new stadiums, along with a new airport, new roads, and a new Metro.
The 32 countries qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Mexico, the United States, Senegal, Wales, Poland, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, Ghana, Korea Republic, Cameroon, Serbia, Canada, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ecuador. And hosts Qatar will lead the way in the opening match of the tournament.
Out of all these countries, the top favorites to win the tournament will be in the following order: Argentina, France, Brazil, Portugal, England, Spain, Germany, and Belgium.
Potential Cinderellas will be Uruguay, Poland, Canada, Denmark, Croatia, Switzerland, Senegal, the Netherlands, and Wales.
The rest of the countries don’t appear to have a major chance to get far in the tournament.
FIFA world cup 2022 groups
Inside Group A, hosts Qatar will share the spotlight with Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. Group B has England, Itan, United States and Wales in an almost all-English affair.
Inside Group C, title contenders Argentina lead the charge against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Group D has France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
Group E will have Spain against Costa Rica, Germany and Japan inside the infamous Group of Death. Sector F has Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia. Brazil leads Group G against Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
Last but not least, Ronaldo’s Portugal leads Group H against Uruguay, Ghana and the Republic of Korea. First matches kick-off on November 21 and the final is set for December 18.
|DATE||FIXTURES||TIME in IST||VENUES|
|November 21||Senegal vs Netherlands||3:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 21||England vs Iran||6:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 21||Qatar vs Ecuador||9:30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|November 22||USA vs Wales||12:30 AM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 22||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||3:30 PM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 22||Denmark vs Tunisia||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 22||Mexico vs Poland||9:30 PM||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 23||France vs Australia||12:30 AM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 23||Morocco vs Croatia||3:30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|November 23||Germany vs Japan||6:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 23||Spain vs Costa Rica||9:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 24||Belgium vs Canada||12:30 AM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 24||Switzerland vs Cameroon||3:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 24||Uruguay vs South Korea||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 24||Portugal vs Ghana||9:30 PM||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 25||Brazil vs Serbia||12:30 AM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 25||Wales vs Iran||3:30 PM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 25||Qatar vs Senegal||6:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 25||Netherlands vs Ecuador||9:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 26||England vs USA||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|November 26||Tunisia vs Australia||3:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 26||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 26||France vs Denmark||9:30 PM||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 27||Argentina vs Mexico||12:30 AM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 27||Japan vs Costa Rica||3:30 PM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 27||Belgium vs Morocco||6:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 27||Croatia vs Canada||9:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 28||Spain vs Germany||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|November 28||Cameroon vs Serbia||3:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 28||South Korea vs Ghana||6:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 28||Brazil vs Switzerland||9:30 PM||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 29||Portugal vs Uruguay||12:30 AM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 29||Netherlands vs Qatar||8:30 PM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|November 29||Ecuador vs Senegal||8:30 PM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 30||Wales vs England||12:30 AM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 30||Iran vs USA||12:30 AM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 30||Tunisia vs France||8:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 30||Australia vs Denmark||8:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|December 1||Poland vs Argentina||12:30 AM||Stadium 974, Doha|
|December 1||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||12:30 AM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|December 1||Croatia vs Belgium||8:30 PM||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 1||Canada vs Morocco||8:30 PM||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|December 2||Japan vs Spain||12:30 AM||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 2||Costa Rica vs Germany||12:30 AM||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr|
|December 2||South Korea vs Portugal||8:30 PM||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 2||Ghana vs Uruguay||8:30 PM||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|December 3||Cameroon vs Brazil||12:30 AM||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|December 3||Serbia vs Switzerland||12:30 AM||Stadium 974, Doha|