The tournament will open with a meeting between the national teams of Senegal and the Netherlands. Qatar and Ecuador were originally supposed to play in the opening match

FIFA has published the calendar for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on its website. Senegal will play against the Netherlands in the opening match.

The Group A meeting will take place on November 21 at the Al-Tumama Stadium in Doha and will start at 13:00 Moscow time.

Initially, the teams of Qatar and Ecuador, also representing Group A, were supposed to play in the opening match . Their game was postponed to 19:00 Moscow time, it will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

Usually the first match of the World Cup is held with the participation of the national team from the country hosting the tournament. The last time they departed from the tradition was in 2002, when the teams of France and Senegal played in the opening match of the tournament in Japan and South Korea (0:1).

On the first day of the 2022 World Cup, Group B matches will also be held England - Iran (16:00 Moscow time) and the USA - Scotland / Ukraine / Wales (22:00 Moscow time).


The World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18 in Doha, Al Khor, Lusail, Al Rayyan and Al Wakra at eight stadiums. The tournament will be the 22nd in history and the first to be held in one of the Arab countries. The current world champion is the French team, which in 2018 won the tournament in Russia.

FIFA has denied the information about the increase in playing time at the World Cup in Qatar

The International Football Federation (FIFA) has denied reports that it plans to increase injury time during World Cup matches in Qatar.

The press service of FIFA denied the information that the organization plans to increase injury time at football matches starting with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Following the reports and rumors that have surfaced today, FIFA would like to clarify that it will not make any changes to the rules regarding the duration of matches in the World Cup in Qatar️ or any other competitions,” the press service said in a statement.

Earlier, the Italian publication Corriere dello Sport reported that FIFA plans to increase injury time due to the large number of stoppages in matches, and in some cases the duration of matches will be more than 100 minutes.

This innovation should be implemented at the World Cup in Qatar, but for this, FIFA must receive the approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The World Cup in Qatar will be held from November 21 to December 18. The Russian national team had a chance to compete for a ticket to the finals in the play-offs, but was excluded from the playoffs by a joint decision of FIFA and UEFA.

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