Countdown to World Cup Qatar 2022: Match timings, dates, venues

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 is just around the corner and teams are busy naming their squads while final preparations are underway in Qatar.

Footballs greatest tournament will run from November 20 until December 18, with Qatar playing host to 32 nations across the globe during the 22 days of the tournament.

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In total, eight stadiums will host matches during the month-long tournament; Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium, and the Al Janoub Stadium.

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. (Supplied)
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. (Supplied)

There are eight groups in the World Cup; Group A, which consists of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, Group B, which consists of England, Iran, USA, Wales, Group C which consists of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, Group D which consists of France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Group E which consists of Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Group F which consists of Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia, Group G which consists of Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon and Group H - featuring Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

In total, there will be 64 matches played during the tournament, will the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium to host the World Cup 2022 final On December 18.

Following are the dates, venues and local timings for all the matches - designated by the Arabia Standard Time (UTC+03:00).

Group stages

November 20, Sunday

Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

November 21, Monday

Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 22, Tuesday

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 23, Wednesday

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Al Janoub Stadium. (Supplied)
Al Janoub Stadium. (Supplied)

November 24, Thursday

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 25, Friday

Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 26, Saturday

Group C: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 27, Sunday

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Al Bayt Stadium. (Supplied)
Al Bayt Stadium. (Supplied)

November 28, Monday

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 1 p.m.)

Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 4 p.m.)

Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974; kick-off at 7 p.m.)

Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 29, Tuesday

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

November 30, Wednesday

Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 1, Thursday

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Khalifa International Stadium. (Supplied)
Khalifa International Stadium. (Supplied)

December 2, Friday

Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Round of 16

December 3, Saturday

Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 4, Sunday

Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 5, Monday

Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 6, Tuesday

Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

Al Thumama Stadium. (Supplied)
Al Thumama Stadium. (Supplied)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar quarter-finals

December 9, Friday

Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of 49 vs Winners of 50 (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 10, Saturday

Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar semi-finals

December 13, Tuesday

Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

December 14, Wednesday

Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium; kick-off at 10 p.m.)

3rd Place and Final

December 17, Saturday

Third place play-off (Khalifa International Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

December 18, Sunday

The World Cup final (Lusail Stadium; kick-off at 6 p.m.)

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