World Football Governing Body, FIFA have released the official starting date for 2022 World Cup set to be held in Qatar.
FIFA announced on Wednesday that hosts Qatar will kick-off the 2022 World Cup on 21 November 2022, as per the match schedule of the global footballing extravaganza.
The first game of the tournament, involving
Qatar, will be played at the Al Bayt Arena and will kick-off at 13:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on 21 November 2022, Monday.
The final is set to take place at the Lusail stadium on 18 December 2022.
The World Cup will witness as many as four games on a matchday during the group stage as the first game of a matchday will kick-off at 13:00 local time (10:00 GMT) and the last game will kick off at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
The second and third matches will both be consumed by the broadcast audience across the world, with those games kicking-off at 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT) and 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) respectively.
The simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games will be 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT) and 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
Knockout stage matches are also likely to kick-off at a similar time slot as the last round of group games.
This will be the second World Cup to be held in Asia and the first one to be held in the Middle-East. Japan and South Korea had hosted the first World Cup in Asia in 2002.