The schedule of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar runs from Sunday 20 November to the final on Sunday 18 December 2022. The 2022 World Cup schedule below shows 64 matches. Of these, 48 are on the program in the eight groups of four countries in the group stage. The number of 32 participating national teams is then halved each time, via the eighth finals, quarter-finals to the semi-finals and the final battle on December 18. There is also a third place match at the World Cup 2022 schedule.
These are the matches in the group stage, in Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, and Group H. The following 2022 World Cup group matches are sorted by date.
Group stage World Cup | November 21 to December 2, 2022
Local times Qatar
|SUNDAY 20/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|19:00||Qatar – Ecuador 0-2||Poule A||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|MONDAY 21/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|16:00||England – Iran 6-2||Poule B||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|19:00||Senegal – Netherlands 0-2||Poule A||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|22:00||USA – Wales 1-1||Poule B||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|TUESDAY 22/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Argentina – Saudi Arabia 1-2||Poule C||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|16:00||Denmark – Tunisia 0-0||Poule D||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|19:00||Mexico – Poland 0-0||Poule C||Doha | Stadium 974|
|22:00||France – Australia 4-1||Poule D||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|WEDNESDAY 23/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Morocco – Croatia 0-0||Poule F||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|16:00||Germany – Japan 1-2||Poule E||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|19:00||Spain – Costa Rica 7-0||Poule E||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|22:00||Belgium – Canada 1-0||Poule F||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|THURSDAY 24/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Switzerland – Cameroon 1-0||Poule G||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|16:00||Uruguay – South Korea 0-0||Poule H||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|19:00||Portugal – Ghana 3-2||Poule H||Doha | Stadium 974|
|22:00||Brazil – Serbia 2-0||Poule G||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|FRIDAY 25/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Wales – Iran 0-2||Poule B||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|16:00||Qatar – Senegal 1-3||Poule A||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|19:00||Netherlands – Ecuador 1-1||Poule A||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|22:00||England – USA 0-0||Poule B||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|SATURDAY 26/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Tunisia – Australia 0-1||Poule D||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|16:00||Poland – Saudi Arabia 2-0||Poule C||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|19:00||France – Denmark 2-1||Poule D||Doha | Stadium 974|
|22:00||Argentina – Mexico 2-0||Poule C||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|SUNDAY 27/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Japan – Costa Rica 0-1||Poule E||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|16:00||Belgium – Morocco 0-2||Poule F||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|19:00||Croatia – Canada 4-1||Poule F||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|22:00||Spain – Germany 1-1||Poule E||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|MONDAY 28/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|13:00||Cameroon – Serbia 3-3||Poule G||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|16:00||South Korea – Ghana 2-3||Poule H||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|19:00||Brazil – Switzerland 1-0||Poule G||Doha | Stadium 974|
|22:00||Portugal – Uruguay 2-0||Poule H||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|TUESDAY 29/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|18:00||Netherlands – Qatar 2-0||Poule A||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|18:00||Ecuador – Senegal 1-2||Poule A||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|22:00||Wales – England 0-3||Poule B||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|22:00||Iran – USA 0-1||Poule B||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|WEDNESDAY 30/11||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|18:00||Tunisia – France||Poule D||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|18:00||Australia – Denmark||Poule D||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|22:00||Poland – Argentina||Poule C||Doha | Stadium 974|
|22:00||Saudi Arabia – Mexico||Poule C||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|THURSDAY 01/12||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|18:00||Croatia – Belgium||Poule F||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|18:00||Canada – Morocco||Poule F||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|22:00||Japan – Spain||Poule E||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|22:00||Costa Rica – Germany||Poule E||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|FRIDAY 02/12||MATCH||GROUP||CITY & STADIUM|
|18:00||South Korea – Portugal||Poule H||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|18:00||Ghana – Uruguay||Poule H||Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|22:00||Cameroon – Brazil||Poule G||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|22:00||Serbia – Switzerland||Poule G||Doha | Stadium 974|
Both last matches in the groups are scheduled simultaneously, for a fair denouement. Of the eight groups, each with four countries, half remains after the group stage: sixteen of the 32 participating countries advance to the eighth finals. In all groups, the best two – being the countries that finish highest in the group – will advance in the tournament.
What happens if two or more countries in their group are tied in points? And if a decision has to be made about the number 1 or number 2 position? For that case, there are the official FIFA regulations. These can be found further down the page.
In the first phase of the knockouts, the final numbers one of each group will meet a number two, and vice versa. This means that the eighth finals will consist of cross finals.
Standings FIFA 2022 Football World Cup Qatar | Poules
|POULE A||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE B||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE C||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE D||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE E||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE F||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE G||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
|POULE H||Country||Played / Points||Goal Difference|
Above you will find the current positions in the groups of the 2022 Football World Cup. It shows the total number of matches played, the number of points and the goal difference.
The numbers one and two of each group will advance to the eighth finals. These teams will play crosswise against each other. The top two teams from group A and those of group B are linked together in the first knockout round, as will the best two teams from groups C and D, those from groups E and F, and groups G and H. They are linked together according to this scheme: 1A – 2B, 1B – 2A, 1C – 2D, 1D – 2C, 1E – 2F, 1F – 2E, 1G – 2H and 1H – 2G.
Suppose there is an equal total number of points in the group between two or more teams. And a decision must be made as to which countries will advance in this biggest FIFA tournament. Then the overall goal difference counts. If that is also equal, the total number of goals scored counts. If that is also the same, then the FIFA rules (see further down this page) will apply.
World Cup Eighth finals | December 3 to 6, 2022
|Eight finals date, time||Match||Eight Final||City & Stadium|
|Saturday 3 December 18:00||1A – 2B||M49||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
|Saturday 3 December 22:00||1C – 2D||M50||Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Sunday 4 December 18:00||1D – 2C||M52||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|Sunday 4 December 22:00||1B – 2A||M51||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
|Monday 5 December 18:00||1E – 2F||M53||Al-Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium|
|Monday 5 December 22:00||1G – 2H||M54||Doha | Stadium 974|
|Tuesday 6 December 18:00||1F – 2E||M55||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|Tuesday 6 December 22:00||1H – 2G||M56||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
The eighth finals of the World Cup in Qatar will be played on Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December 2022. In the eighth finals as shown in this 2022 World Cup schedule, the numbers 1 and 2 of groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H from the group stage cross against each other. The eight winners from this World Cup round of matches advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. There are five Qatari host cities for these 8th finals: Doha, Ar-Rayyan, Al Khor, Al-Wakrah and Al Daayen.
In total there are eight stadiums at this stage of the tournament. Host city Doha has three World Cup stadiums, namely the Al Thumama Stadium, Stadium 974, and Education City Stadium. And host city Ar-Rayyan has two: the Khalifa International Stadium and Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. In addition, there are the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, the Lusail Stadium in Al Daayen, and the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.
World Cup quarter-finals | December 9 and 10, 2022
|Quarter-finals date, time||Match||Quarter-final||City & Stadium|
|Friday 9 December 18:00||Winner M53 – Winner M54||M58||Doha | Education City Stadium|
|Friday 9 December 22:00||Winner M49 – Winner M50||M57||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|Saturday 10 December 18:00||Winner M55 – Winner M56||M60||Doha | Al Thumama Stadium|
|Saturday 10 December 22:00||Winner M51 – Winner M52||M59||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
The quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar will be played on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December 2022. In this second series of knockout matches, in accordance with the traditional knockout system, the eight winners of the eighth finals play. The four winners of the quarter-finals reach the semi-finals, but are allowed to enjoy four rest days first. There are three Qatari host cities for these 4th finals: Doha, Al Daayen, and Al Khor. In total there are four stadiums at this stage of the tournament. Host city Doha has a total of three stadiums, two of which serve in these quarter-finals.
World Cup semi-finals | December 13 and 14, 2022
|Semi-finals date, time||Match||Semi-final||City & Stadium|
|Tuesday 13 December 22:00||Winner M57 – Winner M58||M61||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
|Wednesday 14 December 22:00||Winner M59 – Winner M60||M62||Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium|
The semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar will be played on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2022. In this third phase of the knockout match schedule, in accordance with the traditional knockout system, the four winners of the quarter-finals play. The two winners of the semi-finals will receive an incredible bonus: a place in the final of the 2022 World Cup.
They will compete for the world title on Sunday 18 December. There is, however, still a match to go for the two losers in the semi-finals: the battle for place three in this 2022 World Cup schedule.
There are two Qatari host cities for the semi-finals: Al Daayen and Al Khor. The stadiums are Lusail Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium respectively.
Match for 3rd place | On Saturday, December 17, 2022
|3rd Place||Match||Consolation game||City & Stadium|
|Saturday 17 December 18:00||Loser M61 – Loser M62||M63||Ar-Rayyan | Khalifa International Stadium|
The match for places 3 and 4 is on Saturday 17 December, a day before the final. Traditionally, FIFA has also presented a bronze medal for the FIFA World Cup. The consolation final will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in host city Ar-Rayyan. It is a foretaste for the real final, one day later.
World Cup football final | On Sunday, December 18, 2022
FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 QATAR
|Final World Cup 2022||Match||WC Football Final||City & Stadium|
|Sunday 18 December 18:00||Winner M61 – Winner M62||M64||Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium|
The final of the World Cup is on Sunday, December 18, 2022, in the Lusail Stadium in the host city of Al Daayen. Kick-off time is 6:00 PM local Qatari time.
The winners of the global men’s football tournament join the illustrious list of previous winners of the FIFA World Cup.
The 2022 World Cup schedule in Qatar officially starts on Sunday, November 20, with the encounter between the host country and Ecuador. The opening match Qatar – Ecuador in Pool A starts at 7:00 PM local Qatari time. The location is the Al Bayt Stadium in the host city of Al Khor. There is only this first match on that day. A day later, Monday 21 November, Senegal – Netherlands are on the agenda in the same group, as are England – Iran and United States – Wales in Group B. During the other match days in the group stage, there are always four matches until the start of the eighth finals.
This determines the final score in the group
To determine the numbers one and two of the group, FIFA works as follows to determine the final standings. The following order applies if two countries in their group are tied in terms of total points (criterion 1), have the same overall goal difference (criterion 2) and also have the same total number of goals in favor (criterion 3). In that case, the FIFA rules for determining which of the two, three or four teams will then finish above the other(s) are, in order:
- The number of points obtained in the mutually played matches; so the matches between the countries (two or more) that finished tied in the group.
- The goal difference of the mutual matches played (only applicable if more than two countries are still tied after the previous point).
- The highest total of goals scored in those head-to-head matches.
- The Fair Play standings. A yellow card means 1 point deduction. An indirect red card, so twice yellow, leads to a deduction of 3 points. A direct red card deducts the team 4 points. A yellow card and a red card in succession for a player results in 5 points Fair Play deduction. The country that retains the most Fair Play points over all group matches will finish above the other.
Official source: FIFA.
Qatar 2022 World Cup host cities
The host cities in Qatar are Doha (Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium & Education City Stadium), Ar-Rayyan (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium), Al Daayen (Lusail Stadium), Al Khor (Al Bayt Stadium) and Al Wakrah (Al Janoub Stadium). The venue for the World Cup Qatar final on Sunday, December 18, 2022 is the Lusail Stadium.
The 2022 World Cup host cities and stadiums in a row:
Doha | Al Thumama Stadium | Stage 974 Stadium | Education City Stadium
Ar-Rayyan | Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium | Khalifa International Stadium
Al Khor | Al Bayt Stadium
Al Wakrah | Al Janoub Stadium
Al Daayen | Lusail Stadium
2022 World Cup schedule and next: in 2026
At the World Cup in 2022 it will be the last time that 32 countries will appear at the kick-off. During the next final round of the FIFA World Cup, in 2026 in North America, 48 countries will participate for the first time. In the host countries United States, Canada and Mexico, the 48 teams that qualify for the World Cup will be divided evenly into sixteen groups. This means that in 2026 there will be three national teams per group: groups A to P.
Elsewhere on this World Cup football website you will find how the schedule of the World Cup 2026 works exactly. Like with information about the rules that decide which countries advance to the first knockout round. In 2026, for the first time in World Cup history, that will be the Round of 16. This means, among other things, that there will be 80 matches to look forward to in 2026.