Schedule Released for 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar

The tournament will be kicked off at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar

Al Wakrah Stadium
One of the World Cup stadiums. Photo: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy via Getty

Let the countdown begin.

The schedule for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was released on Wednesday, with the kickoff set for November 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CET.

The first game will be held at El Bayt Stadium, which — according to a release — holds 60,000 people and is named after the traditional tents used in the Gulf region.

Group matches will follow, lasting 12 days, with four matches a day.

The play-off for third place will be held at Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, and the final will be one day later, on the 18th. That championship game will be at Qatar's Lusail Stadium.

Ticket sales for the general public have not yet begun, but will be available only on The categories and prices of tickets will be released at a later date.

Planning for the World Cup comes after the world's largest sporting event, the Olympics, was postponed until 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 games will now begin on July 23, 2021.

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