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2022 WORLD CUP

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Calendar, full match schedule, groups, teams and kick-off times in the US

The 22nd edition of the World Cup kicks-off in Qatar on 20 November as the host nation face Ecuador in the first of 64 games with the final set for 18 December.

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The 22nd edition of the World Cup kicks-off in Qatar on 20 November as the host nation face Ecuador in the first of 64 games with the final set for 18 December.

Qatar World Cup 2022 opening ceremony summary

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be a tournament like no other. For the first time in the 22 editions, this is the first time the FIFA organised competition will be staged in the winter months as a measure to avoid playing in the stifling summer Gulf heat when the temperature can hit in excess of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s the low 50′s in centigrade).

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A large picture of the FIFA World Cup official ball 'al Rihla' is displayed on a building in Doha
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A large picture of the FIFA World Cup official ball 'al Rihla' is displayed on a building in Doha GIUSEPPE CACACEGetty

The size of Qatar is also another peculiarity with the distance from the stadium in the most northern tip of the country, the spectacular Al Bayt stadium, to the southermost World Cup stadium Al Janoub stadium in Al-Wakrah being just over 70km.

The Gulf state has also been no stranger to controversy following the 2010 winning bid with the nation’s appalling record involving foreign workers and a legal and cultural environment that is extremely hostile to the LGBTQ community also coming under heavy scrutiny. In the days leading up to the tournament, there has been further drama, with Qatari officials making the last-minute decision to ban sales of beer near stadiums, a Danish broadcasting crew being threatened with violence simply for filming in the street and FIFA president Gianni Infantino making an astonishing speech, seemingly in defence of Qatar hosting the tournament.

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Qatar World Cup, the action on the pitch gets underway on Sunday 20 November with the host nation facing Ecuador. Here’s a user-friendly guide so you can follow the action from the Gulf with all the group details, participating teams and the all-important kick-off times for fans in the US. The USMNT are in Group B.

2022 Qatar World Cup: schedule

Group A

20 November: Al Bayt Stadium: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

21 November: Al Thumama Stadium: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

25 November: Al Thumama Stadium: Qatar 1-3 Senegal 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

25 November: Khalifa International Stadium: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

29 November: Khalifa International Stadium: Ecuador-Senegal 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

29 November: Al Bayt Stadium: Netherlands-Qatar 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

Al-Bayt Stadium
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Group B

21 November: Khalifa International Stadium: England 6-2 Iran 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

21 November: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: USA 1-1 Wales 02:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

25 November: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Wales 0- 2 Iran 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

25 November: Al Bayt Stadium: England 0-0 USA 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

29 November: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Wales-England 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

29 November: Al Thumama Stadium: Iran-USA 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Group C

22 November: Lusail Stadium: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia 08:00 am ET /05:00 am PT

22 November: Stadium 974: Mexico 0-0 Poland 02:00 pm ET /11:00 am PT

26 November: Education City Stadium: Poland-Saudi Arabia 05:00 am ET /02:00 am PT

26 November: Lusail Stadium: Argentina-Mexico 2:00 pm ET /11:00 am PT

30 November: Stadium 974: Poland-Argentina 2:00 pm ET /11:00 am PT

30 November: Lusail: Saudi Arabia-Mexico 2:00 pm ET /11:00 am PT

Messi (Argentina)
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Group D

22 November: Education City Stadium: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

22 November: Al Janoub Stadium: France 4-1 Australia 02:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

26 November: Al Janoub Stadium: Tunisia 0-1 Australia 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

26 November: Stadium 974: France-Denmark 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

30 November: Al Janoub Stadium: Australia-Denmark 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

30 November: Education City: Tunisia-France 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

Education City Stadium
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Education City StadiumAnadolu AgencyGetty

Group E

23 November: Khalifa International Stadium: Germany 1-2 Japan 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

23 November: Al Thumama: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

27 November: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Japan-Costa Rica 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

27 November: Al Bayt Stadium: Spain-Germany 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

1 December: Khalifa International Stadium: Japan-Spain 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

1 December: Al Thumama Stadium: Iran-USA 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

LUIS ENRIQUE
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Group F

23 November: Al Bayt Stadium: Morocco 0-0 Croatia 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

23 November: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Belgium 1-0 Canada 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

27 November: Al Thumama Stadium: Belgium-Morocco 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

27 November: Khalifa International Stadium: Croatia-Canada 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

1 December: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Croatia-Belgium 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

1 December: Al Thumama Stadium: Canada-Morocco 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

Group G

24 November: Al Janoub Stadium: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

24 November: Lusail Stadium: Brazil 2-0 Serbia 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

28 November: Al Janoub Stadium: Cameroon-Serbia 05:00 am ET / 02:00 am PT

28 November: Stadium 974: Brazil-Switzerland 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

2 December: Stadium 974: Serbia-Switzerland 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

2 December: Lusail Stadium: Cameroon-Brazil 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Group H

24 November: Education City Stadium: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

24 November: Stadium 974: Portugal 3-2 Ghana 11:00 am ET / 08:00 am PT

28 November: Education City Stadium: South Korea-Ghana 08:00 am ET / 05:00 am PT

28 November: Lusail Stadium: Portugal-Uruguay 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

2 December: Al Janoub Stadium: Ghana-Uruguay 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

2 December: Education City Stadium: South Korea-Portugal 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo
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Portugal's Cristiano RonaldoPEDRO NUNESREUTERS

Round of 16

3 December: Khalifa International Stadium: Winner A-Runner up B 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (1)

3 December: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: Winner C-Runner up D 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (2)

4 December: Al Thumama Stadium: Winner D-Runner up C 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (3)

4 December: Al Bayt Stadium: Winner B-Runner up A 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (4)

5 December: Al Janoub Stadium: Winner E-Runner up F 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (5)

5 December: Stadium 974: Winner G-Runner up H 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (6)

6 December: Education City Stadium: Winner G-Runner up H 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (7)

6 December: Lusail Stadium: Winner H-Runner up G 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (8)

Quarter-finals

9 December: Education City Stadium: Winner 5-Winner 6 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (1)

9 December: Lusail Stadium: Winner 1-Winner 2 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (2)

10 December: Al Thumama Stadium: Winner 7-Winner 8 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT (3)

10 December: Al Bayt Stadium: Winner 4-Winner 3 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (4)

Official match ball of the Football FIFA World Cup 2022
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Official match ball of the Football FIFA World Cup 2022 FRANCK FIFEAFP

Semi-finals

13 December: Lusail Stadium: Winner QF 2-Winner QF1 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (1)

14 December: Al Bayt Stadium: Winner QF4-Winner QF3 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT (2)

Third Place play-off

17 December: Khalifa International: Loser SF1-Loser SF2 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

The FIFA World Cup trophy
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The FIFA World Cup trophy Mark ThompsonGetty Images

Final

18 December: Lusail Stadium: Winner SF1-Winner SF2 10:00 am ET / 07:00 am PT

Have a great World Cup and enjoy watching, wherever you are!