When does the World Cup begin? Qatar 2022 schedule and dates of the Premier League break defined

Home campaigns throughout the globe will quickly pause for a World Cup like no different, with Qatar 2022 the primary to be held in November and December.

Qatar is a controversial choice for Fifa’s main match, and the nation’s human rights abuses stay on the forefront of individuals’s minds within the build-up to the occasion.

The choice to maneuver the World Cup from its conventional summer time slot has additionally confirmed to be contentious, with the Premier League and Championship among the many leagues set for an prolonged winter break.

The ultimate Premier League match earlier than the six-week hiatus sees Fulham host Manchester United on Sunday 13 November, whereas Burnley towards Blackburn Rovers brings down the curtain earlier than the Championship interval.

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The second tier is taking a shorter pause, with the rearranged match between Sunderland and Millwall on Saturday 3 December falling per week earlier than a full set of fixtures on 10-12 December, whereas the following spherical of Premier League matches will then start on Boxing Day, by which level we are going to know which nation has received the World Cup.

The match begins on Sunday 20 November, giving gamers little greater than per week between their final league match and first World Cup recreation.

After Qatar play Ecuador, which was moved to a day earlier so the hosts may open proceedings, each England and Wales are in motion on the second day, Monday 21 November.

Why England face an unlikely ‘Group of Loss of life’

By i Northern Soccer Correspondent Mark Douglas

So right here’s a factor: England have landed the World Cup’s group of dying.

For many who breathed a sigh of aid when the draw for Qatar 2022 was ­finalised in April, it would come as ­one thing of a shock.

The intestine feeling then was that ­alternative flowed from Group B and Gareth Southgate’s large ­match luck had kicked in once more.

However totting up the Fifa rankings of England, the USA, Wales and Iran confirms it’s the hardest assortment of groups within the match.

Learn Mark Douglas’ full evaluation right here

England face Iran and Wales tackle USA in Group B, with the match-ups falling simply eight days after the Premier League and Championship are halted.

That offers managers Gareth Southgate and Rob Web page treasured little time to work with their squads, though most nations are in the identical boat. The MLS season could have concluded within the US by then, however their squad is a mixture of residence and European-based gamers and so shall be impacted too.

Managers should submit their finalised 26-man squads by 13 November, and in order that brings us neatly onto a significant speaking level heading into this mid-season World Cup.

Might accidents determine this World Cup?

Participant welfare has been on the coronary heart of managers’ frustrations with the winter World Cup, because it has led to a packed schedule both facet of the match.

The Premier League began sooner than regular, however nonetheless regardless of the six-week break it’s nonetheless set to complete by the top of Might, making for extra midweek matches.

What Premier League managers have stated

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp: “Once I begin speaking about it, I get actually offended… It’s like with the local weather. Everyone knows it has to alter however no one is saying what we have now to do. There should be one assembly the place all of them discuss to one another, and the one topic needs to be a very powerful a part of this recreation – the gamers.”

Tottenham’s Antonio Conte: “In my view the entire soccer setting ought to have complained on the proper time, not now. I believe that after this expertise needs to be good then we are saying, ‘we did it as soon as, now let’s proceed to do it just like the previous’.”

Add to that the very fact the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Convention League group levels are all concluding by early November, and you’ve got a handful of Premier League golf equipment usually enjoying twice per week – for instance, Manchester United’s schedule of 9 matches in October is their busiest October within the membership’s historical past.

And so, though accidents are commonplace within the sport and have led to heart-breaking absences from main tournaments of yesteryear, the additional pressure of the 2022-23 season seems to be taking its toll forward of Qatar.

Reece James is unlikely to play for England on the World Cup, having been given an eight-week restoration estimation after choosing up a knee damage in mid-October. Kyle Walker is one other defender dealing with a race towards time, having undergone groin surgical procedure lately.

Reece James seems set to overlook your entire World Cup (Photograph: Getty)

England is also with out Kalvin Phillips, and so Southgate might rely himself lucky if damage considerations stay countable on simply the one hand with a handful of Premier League rounds to go earlier than the World Cup.

Elsewhere, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed Diogo Jota would miss the World Cup after the Portugal ahead was stretchered off towards Manchester Metropolis on 16 October, whereas a tearful Richarlison left Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on crutches on 15 October and is, due to this fact, a fear for favourites Brazil.

Reigning world champions France shall be with out N’Golo Kante, who has a hamstring damage and might be out for a number of months, with Paul Pogba an uncertainty having not performed this season at Juventus.

His membership team-mate Angel Di Maria may also hope to recuperate in time to characterize Argentina, having hobbled off in tears throughout Juventus’ shock Champions League defeat to Maccabi Haifa on 11 October.

This checklist will develop, little doubt, and even as soon as the World Cup begins, a condensed schedule makes it inevitable that extra accidents shall be picked up alongside the best way – an element which may dictate which flight the trophy is carried onto after the ultimate on 18 December.

World Cup 2022 teams

  • Group A – Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands
  • Group B – England, Iran, USA and Wales
  • Group C – Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D – France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia
  • Group E – Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan
  • Group F – Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia
  • Group G – Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon
  • Group H – Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea

World Cup 2022 schedule and dates

All occasions GMT

Sunday 20 November

  • Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

Monday 21 November

  • Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium; 4pm)
  • Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)

Tuesday 22 November

  • Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 10am)
  • Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Training Metropolis Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974; 4pm)
  • Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium; 7pm)

Wednesday 23 November

  • Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium; 10am)
  • Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium; 4pm)
  • Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)

Thursday 24 November

  • Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Training Metropolis Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974; 4pm)
  • Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Friday 25 November

  • Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 10am)
  • Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 4pm)
  • Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

Saturday 26 November

  • Group C: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Training Metropolis Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974; 4pm)
  • Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Sunday 27 November

  • Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 10am)
  • Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 4pm)
  • Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

Monday 28 November

  • Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Training Metropolis Stadium; 1pm)
  • Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974; 4pm)
  • Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Tuesday 29 November

  • Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)
  • Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium; 7pm)

Wednesday 30 November

  • Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group D: Tunisia vs France (Training Metropolis Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974; 7pm)
  • Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Thursday 1 December

  • Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)
  • Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 7pm)

Friday 2 December

  • Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Training Metropolis Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm)
  • Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974; 7pm)
  • Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Spherical of 16

Saturday 3 December

  • 49: Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium; 3pm)
  • 50: Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)

Sunday 4 December

  • 52: Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm)
  • 51: Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

Monday 5 December

  • 53: Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm)
  • 54: Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974; 7pm)

Tuesday 6 December

  • 55: Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E (Training Metropolis Stadium; 3pm)
  • 56: Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)


Friday 9 December

  • 58: Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 (Training Metropolis Stadium; 3pm)
  • 57: Winners of 49 vs Winners of fifty (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Saturday 10 December

  • 60: Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm)
  • 59: Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)


Tuesday 13 December

  • 61: Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium; 7pm)

Wednesday 14 December

  • 62: Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

When is the third-place play-off?

Saturday 17 December at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium – 3pm kick-off.

When is the World Cup last?

Sunday 18 December at Lusail Iconic Stadium – 3pm kick-off.


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