World Cup 2022: Fixtures, UK kick-off times, group stage, knockout and final DATES for Qatar tournament

BRACE yourselves as we countdown to the beginning of the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November.

This will be the first time in the tournament's history that it will be contested for during the winter months.

And it is set to be a condensed schedule with FOUR matches played on the opening match-day of the showpiece event.

However, fans of the competition will not have to miss a single minute of the action with all the details of the encounters detailed below.

What are the most important dates for the World Cup?

  • The group stages will open its curtains on November 21.
  • Round of 16 will be on December 3 – December 6.
  • Quarter-final stages begin on December 9 – December 10.
  • Semi-finals are taking place on December 13 – December 14.
  • The World Cup final will be participated on December 18.

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What are the kick-off times for the World Cup?

The Qatar time zone is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time which means that games will be played earlier in the UK than locally.

FIFA have stated that the first two rounds of games will kick-off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm local time – 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm UK time.

However, the kick-off timings in the final round of group fixtures and knock-out ties will be at 6pm and 10pm local time – 3pm and 7pm UK time.

Leaving the final to be scheduled at 6pm local time – 3pm UK time.

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