FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule: date and time of group stage and playoff matches

Alisa Barladyan
30 Sep 2022

The World Cup is the largest international soccer competition in history and the most viewed athletic event worldwide. Every four years, 32 teams fight for the title of World Cup champion. For the first time, the competition will be held in the Middle East in Qatar. Qatar won the 2010 bid by defeating the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.

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On Sunday, November 20, the Qatar World Cup 2022 begins with the initial game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. The final is scheduled to be contested on Sunday, December 18, bringing the World Cup 2022 to an end in less than a month.

On April 1, 2022, the Qatar World Cup group stage draw was conducted in Doha, Qatar, to prepare for the tournament. Wales, Australia, and Costa Rica filled the final three qualifying spots in June 2022 in the World Cup playoffs.

Similar to previous tournaments, the 2022 World Cup will have a 32-team group stage to reduce the field to 16 teams; only the two best teams from each group advance. The groups will include four teams each, from Group A to Group H. After the best two teams proceed from the group stage, there is a round of 16 knockout format where the winner proceeds and the loser goes back home. After that, the quarterfinals will precede the semis and the World Cup Final on December 18, 2022. There must be a victor from the knockout stages to the final; matches that end up as a draw at the full time are expected to go to extra time and even penalties to decide the winner. The Qatar World Cup 2022 will proceed according to the following dates:

  • Group stage games will be between November 20 and December 2;
  • The Round of 16 fixtures will then proceed from December 3 to December 6;
  • Quarter Finals games will happen between 9th to 10th December;
  • Semi-final fixtures will be played between December 13 to December 14;
  • The third place playoff game will be on December 17;
  • The World Cup Final 2022 will be on December 18, 2022;

There will be four games daily during the group stages of the World Cup 2022, and only the last group stage matches will overlap due to competitive reasons. The games will happen at different allocated times throughout the day in Qatar in this prestigious tournament.

Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium are the eight stadiums where the 64 matches of the World Cup tournament in Qatar will be played.

GamesDatesTimes (ET)
Group Stage MatchesSunday, November 20 to Friday, December 25am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm
Round of 16Saturday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 610am, 2pm
Quarter FinalsFriday, December 9 and Saturday, December 1010am, 2pm
Semi FinalsTuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 142pm
Third Place MatchSaturday, December 1710am
FinalSunday, December 1810am
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World Cup Group A Table and Fixtures


Group A Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
20 November, SundayQatar vs Ecuador11 AMAl Bayt0:2
November 21, MondaySenegal vs Netherlands11 AMAl Thumama0:2
Nov 25, FridayQatar vs Senegal8 AMAl Thumama1:3
Nov 25, FridayNetherlands vs Ecuador11 AMKhalifa International Stadium1:1
Nov 29, TuesdayQatar vs Netherlands10AMAl Bayt0:2
Nov 29, TuesdaySenegal vs Ecuador10AMKhalifa International Stadium2:1
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World Cup Group B Table and Fixtures


Group B Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 21, MondayIran vs England8amKhalifa International2:6
Nov 21, MondayWales vs USA2pmAhmad Bin Ali stadium1:1
Nov 25, FridayIran vs Wales5amAhmad Bin Ali stadium2:0
Nov 25, FridayEngland vs USA2pmAl Bayt0:0
Nov 29, TuesdayEngland vs Wales2pmAhmad Bin Ali stadium
Nov 29, TuesdayUSA vs Iran2pm
Al Thumama1:0

World Cup Group C Table and Fixtures

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Group C Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 22, TuesdayArgentina vs Saudi Arabia5amLusail1:2
Nov 22, TuesdayMexico vs Poland11am974 stadium0:0
Nov 26, SaturdaySaudi Arabia vs Poland8amEducation City Stadium0:2
Nov 26, SaturdayArgentina vs Mexico2pmLusail2:0
Nov 30,WednesdayArgentina vs Poland2pm974 stadium
Nov 30,WednesdaySaudi Arabia vs Mexico2pm
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World Cup Group D Table and Fixtures


Group D Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 22, TuesdayTunisia vs Denmark8am
Education City Stadium0:0
Nov 22, TuesdayFrance vs Australia2pm
Al Janoub4:1
Nov 26, SaturdayTunisia vs Australia5amAl Janoub0:1
Nov 26, SaturdayFrance vs Denmark11am974 stadium2:1
Nov 30,WednesdayFrance vs Tunisia10amEducation City Stadium
Nov 30,WednesdayDenmark vs Australia10am
Al Janoub0:1

World Cup Group E Table and Fixtures

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Group E Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 23, WednesdayGermany vs Japan8am
Khalifa International1:2
Nov 23, WednesdayCosta Rica vs Spain11am
Al Thumama0:7
Nov 27, SundayCosta Rica vs Japan5amAhmad Bin Ali1:0
Nov 27, SundayGermany vs Spain2pmAl Bayt1:1
Dec 1, ThursdayJapan vs Spain2pmKhalifa International
Dec 1, ThursdayCosta Rica vs Germany2pm
Al Bayt2:4
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World Cup Group F Table and Fixtures


Group F Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 23, WednesdayMorocco vs Croatia5am
Al Bayt0:0
Nov 23, WednesdayBelgium vs Canada2pm
Ahmad Bin Ali1:0
Nov 27, SundayMorocco vs Belgium8amAl Thumama2:0
Nov 27, SundayCanada vs Croatia11amKhalifa International0:0
Dec 1, ThursdayBelgium vs Croatia10amAhmad Bin Ali
Dec 1, ThursdayMorocco vs Canada10am
Al Thumama2:1

World Cup Group G Table and Fixtures


Group G Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 24, ThursdaySwitzerland vs Cameroon5am
Al Janoub1:0
Nov 24, ThursdayBrazil vs Serbia2pm
Nov 28, MondaySerbia vs Cameroon5amAl Janoub3:3
Nov 28, MondayBrazil vs Switzerland11am974 stadium1:0
Dec 2, FridayBrazil vs Cameroon2pmLusail
Dec 2, FridaySwitzerland vs Serbia2pm
974 stadium3:2
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World Cup Group H Table and Fixtures

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Group H Match Schedule

DateGameTime (ET)StadiumResult
Nov 24, ThursdayUruguay vs South Korea8am
Education City0:0
Nov 24, ThursdayGhana vs Portugal11am
974 Stadium2:3
Nov 28, MondayGhana vs South Korea8am
Education City3:2
Nov 28, MondayUruguay vs Portugal2pmLusail0:2
Dec 2, FridayPortugal vs South Korea10amEducation City
Dec 2, FridayUruguay vs Ghana10am
Al Janoub2:0

Round Of 16

DatesMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Dec 3, SaturdayG1:Winner Group A vs Runners-Up Group B10amKhalifa International
Dec 3, SaturdayG2:Winner Group C vs Runners-Up Group D2pmAhmad Bin Ali
Dec 4, SundayG3: Winner Group D vs Runners-Up Group C10amAl Thumama
Dec 4, SundayG4: Winner Group B vs Runners-up Group A2pmAl Bayt
Dec 5, MondayG5: Winner Group E vs Runners-Up Group F10amAl Janoub
Dec 5, MondayG6: Winner Group G vs Runners-Up Group H2pm974 Stadium
Dec 6, TuesdayG7: Winner Group F vs Runners-Up Group E10amEducation City
Dec 6, TuesdayG8: Winner Group H vs Runners-Up Group G2pmLusail
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Quarter Finals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Dec 9, FridayQF1:Winner G5 vs Winner G610amEducation City
Dec 9, FridayQF2: Winner G1 vs Winner G22pmLusail
Dec 10, SaturdayQF3:Winner G7 vs Winner G810amAl Thumama
Dec 10, SaturdayQF4: Winner G3 vs Winner G42pmAl Bayt

Semi Finals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Dec 13, TuesdaySF1:Winner QF1 vs Winner QF22pmLusail
Dec 14, WednesdaySF2: Winner QF3 vs Winner QF42pmAl Bayt

Third Place Playoff

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Dec 17, SaturdayLoser SF1 vs Loser SF210amKhalifa International
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DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Dec 18, SundayWinner SF1 vs Winner SF210am Lusail

There are a host of countries favored to win the World Cup 2022. We will take a detailed look at some of my favorites to win the 22nd edition of this tournament. They are:


This Argentina national team is cohesive and unified, and it makes the most of Lionel Messi. They defeated Italy in the Copa Finalissima in June, and are in a 35 match unbeaten run heading to the World Cup Finals this November and are huge favorites to win the trophy.

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Brazil have not lost a match since losing to Argentina in the Copa América final three years ago and have a very potent attacking threat including Neymar, Vini Jr and Richarlison plus great squad depth given they have players playing in the biggest leagues in the world.

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