20th or 21st November 2022? What is the FIFA World Cup 2022 Start Date?

After FIFA has made a change to the schedule, the schedule looks neat and tidy. Let’s jump in and see what changes have been made by FIFA.

What is the FIFA World Cup 2022 Start Date?
What is the FIFA World Cup 2022 Start Date?

What is the FIFA World Cup 2022 Start Date – On Thursday, FIFA announced that the FIFA World Cup 2022 which was originally scheduled to kick off on 21st November will begin one day ahead, from 20th November 2022. 

What is the FIFA World Cup 2022 Start Date? 20th or 21st November 2022?

As per the original schedule, Qatar vs Ecuador was the first match (on paper) which was scheduled at 7:00 PM local time after the opening ceremony. But two matches, Senegal vs Netherlands and England vs Iran were scheduled the same day before the Qatar-Ecuador tie. This made the schedule confusing. 

Now with Qatar vs Ecuador shifted to 20th November, there will be a grand opening ceremony followed by hosts playing the opening match. 

Since the Qatar-Ecuador tie has been shifted one day early, Senegal vs Netherlands match has been rescheduled from 1 PM to 7 PM on 21st November 2022. 

The decision to change the date was unanimously taken and announced on the official FIFA website. The statement read, 

“The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off with an even greater celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November at 19:00 as part of a stand-alone event. The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today. Consequently, the encounter between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 13:00 to 19:00 on Monday 21 November.”

Since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosts have been playing the opening game of the FIFA World Cup. With an earlier schedule, the tradition would have broken. But with the new schedule, the hosts Qatar will open the games and tradition will continue.

The ticket holders of these two rescheduled matches will be informed via Email. The ticket holders need not worry as their tickets will remain valid irrespective of the new date and time.

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