Recollect jamming to the tunes of ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira in the 2010 FIFA World Cup or the unofficial ‘Wavin’ Flag’ anthem by K’naan for the 2009 FIFA World Cup. Well, it is time to gear up for the anthem for the FIFA World Cup 2022- ‘Hayya Hayya’. The preparations are in full swing as Qatar, a small nation, becomes the first one to host the FIFA World Cup in the Middle East.
FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be the 22nd edition of the tournament and a much-anticipated one as it is being held after 3 years. With less than 50 days to go for the tournament, approximately 2.5 million tickets have been sold in 2 phases. The qualifying stage has already taken place and 32 teams have advanced to the group stages for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Here’s all you need to know regarding the schedule, fixtures, timings, etc about the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:
Number of Matches to be played:
There will be a total of 64 matches from the group stage to the finals in the FIFA World Cup 2022. According to the scheduling, teams of the eight groups will play against each other and the top 2 teams from each stage will reach the Round of 16.
Dates, Timings and Venue of each Match:
The inaugural match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is on 20th November with the host country Qatar getting the chance of playing the first match against Ecuador. There will be 4 games a day across the 8 stadiums of Qatar.
For the group stages:
Group A – Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Sunday: November 20 – Qatar vs Ecuador. Venue: Al Bayt
Monday: November 21 – Senegal vs Netherlands. Venue: Al Thumama
Friday: November 25 – Qatar vs Senegal. Venue: Al Thumama
Friday: November 25 – Netherlands vs Ecuador. Venue: Khalifa Int’l
Tuesday: November 29 – Netherlands vs Qatar. Venue: Al Bayt
Tuesday: November 29 – Ecuador vs. Senegal. Venue: Khalifa Int’l
Group B – England, IR Iran, USA, Wales
Monday: November 21 – England vs Iran. Venue: Khalifa Int’l
Monday: November 21 – USA vs Wales. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Friday: November 25 – Wales vs Iran. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Friday: November 25 – England vs USA. Venue: Al Bayt
Tuesday: November 29 – Wales vs England. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Tuesday: November 29 – Iran vs USA. Venue: Al Thumama
Group C – Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Tuesday: November 22 – Argentina vs S. Arabia. Venue: Lusail
Tuesday: November 22 – Mexico vs Poland. Venue: Stadium 974
Saturday: November 26 – Poland vs S. Arabia. Venue: Education City
Saturday: November 26 – Argentina vs Mexico. Venue: Lusail
Wednesday: November 30 – Poland vs Argentina. Venue: Stadium 974
Wednesday: November 30 – S. Arabia vs Mexico. Venue: Lusail
Group D – France, Denmark, Australia, Tunisia
Tuesday: November 22 Denmark vs. Tunisia. Venue: Education City
Tuesday: November 22 France vs. Australia. Venue: Al Janoub
Saturday: November 26 Tunisia vs. Australia. Venue: Al Janoub
Saturday: November 26 France vs. Denmark. Venue: Stadium 974
Wednesday: November 30 Tunisia vs. France. Venue: Education City
Wednesday: November 30 Australia vs. Denmark. Venue: Al Janoub
Group E – Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Wednesday: November 23 – Germany vs Japan. Venue: Khalifa Stadium
Wednesday: November 23 – Spain vs Costa Rica. Venue: Al Thumama
Sunday: November 27 – Japan vs Costa Rica. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday: November 27 – Spain vs Germany. Venue: Al Bayt
Thursday: December 1 – Japan vs Spain. Venue: Khalifa Int’l
Thursday: December 1 – Costa Rica vs Germany. Venue: Al Bayt
Group F – Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Wednesday: November 23 – Morocco vs Croatia. Venue: Al Bayt
Wednesday: November 23 – Belgium vs Canada. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday: November 27 – Belgium vs Morocco. Venue: Al Thumama
Sunday: November 27 – Croatia vs Canada. Venue: Khalifa Int’l
Thursday: December 1 – Croatia vs Belgium. Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali
Thursday: December 1 – Canada vs Morocco. Venue: Al Thumama
Group G – Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Thursday: November 24 – Switzerland vs Cameroon. Venue: Al Janoub
Thursday: November 24 – Brazil vs Serbia. Venue: Lusail
Monday: November 28 – Cameroon vs Serbia. Venue: Janoub
Monday: November 28 – Brazil vs. Switzerland. Venue: Stadium 974
Friday: December 2 – Cameroon vs. Brazil – Venue: Lusail
Friday: December 2 – Serbia vs. Switzerland. Venue: Stadium 974
Group H – Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic
Thursday: November 24 Uruguay vs. South Korea. Venue: Education City
Thursday: November 24 Portugal vs. Ghana. Venue: Stadium 974
Monday: November 28 South Korea vs. Ghana. Venue: Education City
Monday: November 28 Portugal vs. Uruguay. Venue: Lusail
Friday: December 2 South Korea vs. Portugal. Venue: Education City
Friday: December 2 Ghana vs. Uruguay. Venue: Al Janoub
Two teams from each group will play in the Round of 16. All the group stage matches start at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time. The final match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played on 18th December.
Accommodation and Travel in Qatar:
All ticket holders are required to apply for the Hayya Card beforehand. This card will help them validate their entry into the stadium. With the card, visitors can also avail of the free transport services to the game.
Since Qatar is a small nation accommodating these fans is a big issue. Firstly there is almost no availability of accommodation or they are very heavily priced. Seeking the opportunity, neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE have opened their doors for the match goers. They have also started shuttle flight services to Qatar that will help visitors save on accommodation money, including airfare. This is also a great opportunity to spend a holiday in the beautiful city of Dubai. For that, you will first have to take care of your Dubai Visa, flights to Qatar and Dubai Tour packages. The Qatar Visa can be easily obtained on arrival.
If your job or other commitments don’t allow you to travel, then you can watch the match from the comfort of your home, the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar in India can be watched on Sports18.
Tell us in the comments below, which team are you supporting in the FIFA World Cup 2022!
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