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Qatar World Cup 2022: Match dates, kick-off times and how to watch

MEE answers your questions on what dates and times matches will be played, where to watch and more
The Al Janoub Stadium was designed by the late world-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid (Courtesy Qatar 2022)
The Al Janoub Stadium was designed by the late world-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid (Courtesy Qatar 2022)

The Qatar World Cup kicks off on 20 November with 32 teams competing for football's most prestigious trophy.

Four years after France was crowned world champion, England is hoping to erase 56 years of hurt while Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Senegal are aiming to turn a new page of footballing history.

Qatar will be the first Middle East and North African nation to host the prestigious event and will be joined by regional nations Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tunisia, and Morocco.

The best performance for a Middle Eastern country came in the 2002 World Cup with Turkey's semi-final run - but that comes with the caveat that the Turks play in Uefa tournaments, so are considered a European side.

Qatar World Cup 2022 Group List (MEE)

The Qataris have never qualified for a World Cup before, but are the current Asian champions so will be expected to put up a good appearance in front of their own fans when they take on Ecuador on 20 November.

Iran will be in action on the second day as they launch their campaign against England. Group rivals the United States will meet Wales in the day's late fixture.

Tunisia will open their campaign against Denmark on 21 November, and defending champions France will be in action later in the day.

Favourites Brazil do not play until 24 November when they meet Serbia.

Brazil enter the tournament as the most successful nation in World Cup history with five titles, and they have a manageable group to navigate, while France expected to finish top in their group and have a good chance to build up a head of steam into the knockout rounds. 

Check out World Cup kickoff times, where to watch the matches and the fixtures.

Kickoff times:

Stage(s)

Local (Qatar)

UK (GMT)

US & Canada (ET)

India (IST)

Australia
(AEDT)

Group stage only

1:00 pm

10:00 am

5:00 am

3:30 pm

9:00 pm

Group stage only

4:00 pm

1:00 pm

8:00 am

6:30 pm

12:00 am

Knockouts only

6:00 pm

3:00 pm

10:00 am

8:30 pm

2:00 am

Group stage only

7:00 pm

4:00 pm

11:00 am

9:30 pm

3:00 am

Group/Knockouts

10:00 pm

7:00 pm

2:00 pm

12:30 am

6:00 am

How and where to watch:

Middle East and North Africa: BeIn Sports

United Kingdom: BBC and ITV

United States: Fox - Telemundo

India: Viacom18

Australia: SBS

Group stage fixtures:

Qatar World Cup 2022 Match Fixtures (MEE)

 

Sunday, 20 November

Group A
Qatar v Ecuador - Al Bayt Stadium (7:00 pm local time)
 

Monday, 21 November

Group A
Senegal v Netherlands - Al Thumama Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Group B
England v Iran - Khalifa International Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
USA v Wales - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Tuesday, 22 November

Group C
Argentina v Saudi Arabia - Lusail Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Mexico v Poland — Stadium 974 (7:00 pm local time)
Group D
Denmark v Tunisia - Education City Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
France v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Wednesday, 23 November

Group E
Germany v Japan - Khalifa International Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Spain v Costa Rica - Al Thumama Stadium (7:00 pm local time)
Group F
Morocco v Croatia - Al Bayt Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Belgium v Canada - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, (10:00 pm local time)
 

Thursday, 24 November

Group G
Switzerland v Cameroon - Al Janoub Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Brazil v Serbia - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group H
Uruguay v South Korea - Education City Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Portugal v Ghana - Stadium 974 (7:00 pm local time)
 

Friday, 25 November

Group A
Qatar v Senegal - Al Thumama Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Netherlands v Ecuador - Khalifa International Stadium (7:00 pm local time)
Group B
Wales v Iran - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
England v USA - Al Bayt Stadium, (10:00 pm local time)
 

Saturday, 26 November

Group C
Poland v Saudi Arabia - Education City Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Argentina v Mexico - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group D
Tunisia v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
France v Denmark - Stadium 974 (7:00 pm local time)
 

Sunday, 27 November

Group E
Japan v Costa Rica - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Spain v Germany - Al Bayt Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group F
Belgium v Morocco - Al Thumama Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Croatia v Canada - Khalifa International Stadium (7:00 pm local time)
 

Monday, 28 November

Group G
Cameroon v Serbia - Al Janoub Stadium (1:00 pm local time)
Brazil v Switzerland - Stadium 974 (7:00 pm local time)
Group H
South Korea v Ghana - Education City Stadium (4:00 pm local time)
Portugal v Uruguay - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Tuesday, 29 November

Group A
Netherlands v Qatar - Al Bayt Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Ecuador v Senegal - Khalifa International Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Group B
Iran v USA - Al Thumama Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Wales v England - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Wednesday, 30 November

Group C
Poland v Argentina - Stadium 974 (10:00 pm local time)
Saudi Arabia v Mexico - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group D
Australia v Denmark - Al Janoub Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Tunisia v France - Education City Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Thursday, 1 December

Group E
Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Costa Rica v Germany - Al Bayt Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group F
Croatia v Belgium - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Canada v Morocco - Al Thumama Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Friday, 2 December

Group G
Serbia v Switzerland - Stadium 974 (10:00 pm local time)
Cameroon v Brazil - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Group H
Ghana v Uruguay - Al Janoub Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
South Korea v Portugal - Education City Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Round of 16

Saturday, 3 December

Match 49 - Group A winner v Group B runner-up - Khalifa International Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Match 50 - Group C winner v Group D runner-up - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Sunday, 4 December

Match 51 - Group B winner v Group A runner-up - Al Bayt Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Match 52 - Group D winner v Group C runner-up - Al Thumama Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Monday, 5 December

Match 53 - Group E winner v Group F runner-up - Al Janoub Stadium, (6:00 pm local time)
Match 54 - Group G winner v Group H runner-up - Stadium 947, (10:00 pm local time)
 

Tuesday, 6 December

Match 55 - Group F winner v Group E runner-up - Education City Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
Match 56 - Group H winner v Group G runner-up - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Quarter-finals

Friday, 9 December

Match 57 - Match 49 winner v Match 50 winner - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Match 58 - Match 53 winner v Match 54 winner - Education City Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Saturday, 10 December

Match 59 - Match 51 winner v Match 52 winner - Al Bayt Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
Match 60 - Match 55 winner v Match 56 winner - Al Thumama Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

Semi-finals

Tuesday, 13 December

Match 61 - Match 57 winner v Match 58 winner - Lusail Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Wednesday, 14 December

Match 62 - Match 59 winner v Match 60 winner - Al Bayt Stadium (10:00 pm local time)
 

Third-place play-off

Saturday, 17 December

Match 63 - Khalifa International Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
 

World Cup Final

Sunday, 18 December

Match 64 - Lusail Stadium (6:00 pm local time)
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