FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule: Group breakdown, complete fixtures and timings

Last Updated on 19/10/2022 by

Only a few weeks remain until the FIFA World Cup, and every nation is represented. We can now predict who might be in the best position to advance to the knockout stages now that the group stage matchups have been decided.

England will play the United States in Group B; Argentina and Lionel Messi will take on Mexico in Group C; and Uruguay will attempt to sabotage Portugal in Group H.

On Sunday, November 20, there will be an opening ceremony and the inaugural game between Qatar and Ecuador. The final is scheduled to be played on Sunday, December 18, bringing it to an end in less than a month.

With five World Cup victories, Brazil enters the contest being the most successful nation ever. They are also in an easy draw to get out of. The defending champions France, on the other hand, are expected to win their group and have a strong chance of gaining ground as the tournament’s knockout rounds approach.

Which teams could surprise you? African champions Senegal is one of the stronger nations in Group A, which further features the hosts Qatar. Canada, who is competing for the very first time in 37 years, has indeed been assigned to Group F, where a contest for 2nd spot behind Belgium with Morocco and Croatia is likely.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament format

Similar to recent tournaments, FIFA World Cup 2022 will feature a 32-team group stage to reduce the field to 16 teams; only the top two teams from each of the eight groups advance. The 16 teams from the group stage will move on to the single-game knockout stages (Round of 16; quarterfinal; semifinal; final); the winner advances and the loser is eliminated. There must be a winner for every knockout-round match on the day, and if additional time or penalty kicks are necessary to determine the victor, they will be used.

  • Group stage:Nov. 20-Dec. 2
  • Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
  • Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
  • Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
  • Third-place match: Dec. 17
  • Final: Dec. 18

When do World Cup matches start in Qatar?

As many as four games each day, spaced out throughout the day, may be played during the group stage. Only the games that are got to play on the the last day of group stage will overlap in order to preserve the fairness of the competition. There will be games available to watch at convenient hours throughout the day in every time zone. The connection between the Qatari local kickoff times and other time zones is illustrated below.

FIFA World Cup 2022 kickoff times

USA & Canada
Group stage1 p.m.5 a.m.10 a.m.9 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Group stage4 p.m.8 a.m.1 p.m.12 a.m.6:30 p.m.
Knockouts6 p.m.10 a.m.3 p.m.2 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Group stage7 p.m.11 a.m.4 p.m.3 a.m.9:30 p.m.
Group/Knockouts10 p.m.2 p.m.7 p.m.6 a.m.12:30 a.m.

Complete FIFA World Cup 2022 match schedule

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A table & fixtures

A1: Qatar
A2: Ecuador
A3: Senegal
A4: Netherlands

Group A match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Nov. 20Qatar vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Nov. 21Senegal vs. Netherlands11 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Qatar vs. Senegal8 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Netherlands vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Tues, Nov. 29Netherlands vs. Qatar10 a.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Ecuador vs. Senegal10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B table & fixtures

B1: England
B2: Iran
B4: Wales

Group B match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21England vs. Iran8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Mon, Nov. 21USA vs. Wales2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25Wales vs. Iran5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25England vs. USA2 p.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Wales vs. England2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Tues, Nov. 29Iran vs. USA2 p.m.Al Thumama

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group C table & fixtures

C1: Argentina
C2: Saudi Arabia
C3: Mexico
C4: Poland

Group C match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22Argentina vs. S. Arabia5 a.m.Lusail
Tues, Nov. 22Mexico vs. Poland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Sat, Nov. 26Poland vs. S. Arabia8 a.m.Education City
Sat, Nov. 26Argentina vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Nov. 30Poland vs. Argentina2 p.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30S. Arabia vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group D table & fixtures

D1: France
D2: Australia
D3: Denmark
D4: Tunisia

Group D match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22Denmark vs. Tunisia8 a.m.Education City
Tue, Nov. 22France vs. Australia2 p.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia vs. Australia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26France vs. Denmark11 a.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30Tunisia vs. France10 a.m.Education City
Wed, Nov. 30Australia vs. Denmark10 a.m.Al Janoub

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E table & fixtures

E1: Spain
E2: Costa Rica
E3: Germany
E4: Japan

Group E match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Germany vs. Japan8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Wed, Nov. 23Spain vs. Costa Rica11 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Japan vs. Costa Rica5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Spain vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt
Thurs, Dec. 1Japan vs. Spain2 p.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Costa Rica vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group F table & fixtures

F1: Belgium
F2: Canada
F3: Morocco
F4: Croatia

Group F match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Morocco vs. Croatia5 a.m.Al Bayt
Wed, Nov. 23Belgium vs. Canada2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Belgium vs. Morocco8 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Croatia vs. Canada11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Croatia vs. Belgium10 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Thurs, Dec. 1Canada vs. Morocco10 a.m.Al Thumama

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G table & fixtures

G1: Brazil
G2: Serbia
G3: Switzerland
G4: Cameroon

Group G match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Switzerland vs. Cameroon5 a.m.Al Janoub
Thurs, Nov. 24Brazil vs. Serbia2 p.m.Lusail
Mon, Nov. 28Cameroon vs. Serbia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Nov. 28Brazil vs. Switzerland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Fri, Dec. 2Cameroon vs. Brazil2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2Serbia vs. Switzerland2 p.m.Stadium 974

FIFA World Cup 2022 Group H table & fixtures

H1: Portugal
H2: Ghana
H3: Uruguay
H4: South Korea

Group H match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Uruguay vs. South Korea8 a.m.Education City
Thurs, Nov. 24Portugal vs. Ghana11 a.m.Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28South Korea vs. Ghana8 a.m.Education City
Mon, Nov. 28Portugal vs. Uruguay2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2South Korea vs. Portugal10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 2Ghana vs. Uruguay10 a.m.Al Janoub

FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 31A vs. 2B10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 31C vs. 2D2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 41D vs. 2C10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 41B vs. 2A2 p.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 51E vs. 2F10 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 51G vs. 2H2 p.m.Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 61F vs. 2E10 a.m.Education City
Tues, Dec. 61H vs. 2G2 p.m.Lusail

FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 9QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D2 p.m.Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C2 p.m.Al Bayt

FIFA World Cup 2022 Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13QF2 vs. QF12 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14QF4 vs. QF32 p.m.Al Bayt

FIFA World Cup 2022 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17Semifinal losers10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

FIFA World Cup 2022 Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal winners10 a.m.Lusail

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