World Championship 2022 schedule

World Championship fever has officially hit and we’ve got a whopping 64 football matches to look forward to crammed in 29 days of football heaven. Read on to see the schedule for the 2022 World Championship.

When does the World Championship start?

The opening game: Qatar v Ecuador is on Sunday 20th November, and the World Championship  officially kicks off at 17:00 CET. 

The final: World Championship winners will be decided on the 18th December 16:00.

Group Stage Schedule

The nations have been split into eight groups, with four teams in each group. The top two teams will qualify for the knockout stages after three intense Group Stage matches.

The Group Stage starts off with one game on the opening day, then we’ve got three or four matches per day until the 2nd December 2022, which will be the final round of Group Stage matches.

Group A matches

Group Favorites: The Netherlands

Dark Horses: Ecuador

Potential Surprise Package: Qatar

Tricky team: Senegal

Key Match: Ecuador v Senegal

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Sunday 20th November 2022 Qatar v Ecuador 17:00 Al Bayt Stadium
Monday 21st November 2022 Senegal v Netherlands 17:00 Al Thumama Stadium
Friday 25th November 2022 Qatar v Senegal 14:00 Al Thumama Stadium
Friday 25th November 2022 Netherlands v Ecuador 17:00 Khalifa International Stadium
Tuesday 29th November 2022 Ecuador v Senegal 16:00 Khalifa International Stadium
Tuesday 29th November 2022 Netherlands v Qatar 16:00 Al Bayt Stadium

Group B matches

Group Favorites: England

Dark Horses: Wales

Potential Surprise Package: USA

Tricky team: Iran

Key Match: England v Wales

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Monday 21st November 2022 England v Iran 14:00 Khalifa International Stadium
Monday 21st November 2022 USA v Wales 20:00 Al Rayyan Stadium
Friday 25th November 2022 Wales v Iran 11:00 Al Rayyan Stadium
Friday 25th
November 2022
England v USA 20:00 Al Bayt
Tuesday 29th
November 2022
Wales v England 20:00 Ahmad Bin Ali
Tuesday 29th
November 2022
Iran v USA 20:00 Al Thumana

Group C matches

Group Favorites: Argentina

Dark Horses: Mexico

Potential Surprise Package: Poland

Tricky team: Saudi Arabia

Key match: Argentina v Mexico

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Tuesday 22ndNovember 2022 Argentina v Saudi Arabia 11:00 Lusail
Tuesday 22ndNovember 2022 Mexico v Poland 17:00 Stadium 974
Saturday  26th
November 2022
Poland v Saudi Arabia 14:00 Education City
Saturday  26thNovember 2022 Argentina v Mexico 20:00 Lusail
Wednesday 30th
November 2022
Poland v Argentina 20:00 Stadium 974
Wednesday 30th
November 2022
Saudi Arabia v Mexico 20:00 Lusail

Group D matches

Group Favorites: France

Dark Horses: Denmark

Potential Surprise Package: Australia

Tricky team: Tunisia

Key match: Australia v Denmark

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Tuesday 22ndNovember 2022 Denmark v Tunisia 14:00 Education City
Tuesday 22ndNovember 2022 France v Australia 20:00 Al Janoub
Saturday  26th
November 2022
Tunisia v Australia 11:00 Al Janoub
Saturday  26thNovember 2022 France v Denmark 17:00 Stadium 974
Wednesday 30th
November 2022
Tunisia v France 16:00 Education City
Wednesday 30th
November 2022
Australia v Denmark 16:00 Al Janoub

Group E matches

Group Favorites: Germany

Dark Horses: Costa Rica

Potential Surprise Package: Japan

Tricky team: Spain

Key Match: Spain v Germany

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Wednesday 23rd
November 2022
Germany v Japan 14:00 Khalifa Int’l
Wednesday 23rd
November 2022
Spain v Costa Rica 17:00 Al Thumana
Sunday 27th
November 2022
Japan v Costa Rica 11:00 Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday 27th
November 2022
Spain v Germany 20:00 Al Bayt
Thursday 1st
December 2022
Japan v Spain 20:00 Khalifa Int’l
Thursday 1st
December 2022
Costa Rica v Germany 20:00 Al Bayt

Group F matches

Group Favorites: Belgium

Dark Horses: Croatia

Potential Surprise Package: Canada

Tricky team: Morocco

Key match: Belgium v Croatia

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Wednesday 23rd
November 2022
Morocco v Croatia 11:00 Al Bayt
Wednesday 23rd
November 2022
Belgium v Canada 20:00 Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday 27th
November 2022
Belgium v Morocco 14:00 Al Thumama
Sunday 27th
November 2022
Croatia v Canada 17:00 Khalifa Int’l
Thursday 1st
December 2022
Croatia v Belgium 16:00 Ahmad Bin Ali
Thursday 1st
December 2022
Canada v Morocco 16:00 Al Thumama

Group G matches

Group Favorites: Brazil

Dark Horses: Switzerland

Potential Surprise Package: Cameroon

Tricky team: Serbia

Key match: Brazil v Switzerland

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Thursday 24rd
November 2022
Switzerland v Cameroon 11:00 Al Janoub
Thursday 24rd
November 2022
Brazil v Serbia 20:00 Lusail
Monday 28th
November 2022
Cameroon v Serbia 11:00 Al Janoub
Monday 28th
November 2022
Brazil v Switzerland 17:00 Stadium 974
Friday 2nd
December 2022
Cameroon v Brazil 20:00 Lusail
Friday 2nd
December 2022
Serbia v Switzerland 20:00 Stadium 974

Group H matches

Group Favorites: Portugal

Dark Horses: Uruguay

Potential Surprise Package: Ghana

Tricky team: Korea Republic 

Key match: Portugal v Uruguay

Date Match Time (CET) Venue
Thursday 24rd
November 2022
Uruguay v South Korea 14:00 Education City
Thursday 24rd
November 2022
Portugal v Ghana 17:00 Stadium 974
Monday 28th
November 2022
South Korea v Ghana 14:00 Education City
Monday 28th
November 2022
Portugal v Uruguay 20:00 Lusail
Friday 2nd
December 2022
South Korea v Portugal 16:00 Education City
Friday 2nd
December 2022
Ghana v Uruguay 16:00 Al Janoub

Round of 16 schedule: 3rd – 6th December.

This is when the World Championships will explode into life. 1 match of 90 minutes to determine who will make the Quarter Finals, it’s make or break time and anything can happen in knock out football. 

In the event of a draw at Full Time, two half of 15 minutes will be played as Extra Time. Of course, we all know what happens when nothing separates the sides after that: the dreaded but exciting penalty shootouts, which are never predictable and never easy. Heroes will be forged here and big applause should go round for each man who has the guts to step up and take a decisive penalty at the World Championship, no matter the outcome.

Finishing the group in top spot gives each team a better chance of making it, as they face a team finishing in second place, which is potentially a weaker side. It is, of course, never as black and white as that as giants have been felled in the past. 

The Round of 16 starts on the 3rd of December with all matches taking place over a four day period, ending on the 6th December.

Date Time (CET) Venue
3rd December 2022 16:00 Khalifa International Stadium
3rd December 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
4th December 2022 16:00 Al Thumama Stadium
4th December 2022 20:00 Al Bayt Stadium
5th December 2022 16:00 Al Wakrah Sports Complex
5th December 2022 20:00  Stadium 974
6th December 2022 16:00 Education City
6th December 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium

The Quarter Finals: 

Date Time (CET) Venue
9th December 2022 16:00 Education City Stadium
9th December 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
10th December 2022 16:00 Al Thumama Stadium
10th December 2022 20:00  Al Bayt Stadium

After a little break in play, the Quarter Finals are on the 9th and 10th December. We’ll have two games per day, one at 16:00 CET and the other at 20:00 CET.

The final eight teams will be dreaming of hoisting the trophy, but will still have to overcome tough opponents. We’re expecting the big hitters to be in the Quarter Finals, so look out for the likes of Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and a few more surprises.

This is where tears flow, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The Semi Finals

Date Time (CET) Venue
13th December 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
14th December 2022 20:00 Al Bayt Stadium

Two games to determine who will qualify for the World Championship final. The matches will be night kick offs, both at 20:00 CET on the 13th and 14th December. The Lusail Stadium and the Al Bayt Stadium have been hand-picked to host these intense matches, and we already can’t wait for kick off!

Third place play off

Date Time (CET) Venue
17th December 2022 16:00 Khalifa International Stadium

We’ll have one game before we can all gather for the Final, and the third-place playoff, traditionally quite a high-scoring game, is always worth watching.

Tune in on the 17th December at 16:00 to see who will get a Bronze Medal at the 2022 World Championship. 

The World Championship 2022 Final

Date Time (CET) Venue
18th December 2022 16:00 Lusail Stadium

All the eyes of the world will be on the gorgeous Lusail Stadium at 16:00 on the 18th of December 2022 for the final of the 2022 World Championship.

It is impossible to pick a winner from now. The finalists will merit their spot in this all-conquering, winner takes all game. Messi needs the World Championship, Ronaldo craves it, Brazil tends to dominate, and there might just be a surprise package that makes it all the way too.
We’re backing Argentina and Portugal to shine and our $ARG and $POR Fan Token holders can impact their team as they look to take over the world!

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