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Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022: dates, draw, groups, fixtures, stadiums, odds and play-offs

Everything you need to know about the festival of football in Qatar

The draw has been made for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. This year’s tournament will begin with eight groups of four nations in the opening stage, with the top two teams then qualifying for the round of 16.  

In this in-depth guide to the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 we look at the teams who have qualified for the event, the group stage and knockout fixtures, and the World Cup winner betting odds. Match schedule is subject to change and all times below are in GMT. 

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Dates: when is the World Cup taking place in 2022?

The Fifa World Cup in Qatar will be held from 21 November to 18 December 2022 – it’s the first ever World Cup to be played in Europe’s winter months. Matches will kick-off at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm UK time. 

The opening fixture of the tournament will see Senegal face the Netherlands on 21 November in group A and the final will be on 18 December at the Lusail Stadium. 

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World Cup play-offs: who can still qualify for Qatar?

Of the 32 nations appearing at the World Cup finals, there are still three qualifiers to be decided. In Europe the play-off semi-final between Scotland and Ukraine is yet to be scheduled because of the conflict. The winners of that clash will take on Wales for a spot in Qatar. This means the possibility of Wales or Scotland facing British rivals England in group B.

Two spots at Qatar 2022 also remain via the intercontinental play-offs. The matches in June will pit one nation from four regional confederations – Asia (AFC), North America (CONCACAF), South America (CONMEBOL), and Oceania (OFC) — against another in a one-off game, Sporting News reported. 

UAE and Australia will play their semi-final on 7 June with the winners facing Peru a week later. Costa Rica and New Zealand will play in the other play-off final match. 

The winners of the South America/Asia play-off will go into group D, where they will face defending champions France. The North America/Oceania winner – Costa Rica or New Zealand – will be in group E with Spain, Germany and Japan. 

Intercontinental play-offs schedule 

Semi-final
  • 7 June: UAE vs. Australia 
Finals: 13-14 June (dates TBC)
  • UAE or Australia (AFC play-off winner) vs. Peru (CONMEBOL 5th Place) 
  • Costa Rica (CONCACAF 4th Place) vs. New Zealand (OFC champions)

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The stadiums: where will World Cup matches be played?

Eight stadiums will host the World Cup matches in Qatar. All eight venues are situated within a 21-mile radius of central Doha and will be linked by a metro system, the Daily Mail reported. 

Lusail Stadium 
  • Where: Lusail, nine miles north of Doha
  • Capacity: 80,000 
  • Matches: ten, including the final
Al Bayt Stadium 
  • Where: Al Khor, 21.7 miles north of Doha
  • Capacity: 60,000 
  • Matches: eight, including the opening game
Stadium 974 
  • Where: Doha
  • Capacity: 40,000 
  • Matches: seven, up to the round of 16
Khalifa International Stadium 
  • Where: Doha
  • Capacity: 45,416 
  • Matches: eight, including third-place play-off
Education City Stadium 
  • Where: Al Rayyan, 4.3 miles west of Doha
  • Capacity: 40,000 
  • Matches: eight, up to quarter-final 
Al Thumama Stadium 
  • Where: 7.4 miles south of Doha
  • Capacity: 40,000 
  • Matches: eight, up to quarter-final 
Al Janoub Stadium 
  • Where: Al Wakrah, 11 miles south of Doha
  • Capacity: 40,000 
  • Matches: seven, up to the round of 16 
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
  • Where: Al Rayyan, 12.4 miles west of Doha
  • Capacity: 40,000 
  • Matches: seven, up to the round of 16 

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Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar

Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar

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World Cup winner betting odds: who are the favourites?

After reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the final of the Euros last year, can England go one better and win a major trophy for the first time since 1966? 

According to Oddschecker, Gareth Southgate’s side are third favourites to lift the World Cup at the Lusail Stadium on 18 December. Five-time winners Brazil are the favourites for Qatar 2022 while defending champions France are second on the odds list. 

Betting odds 

According to Oddschecker, as of 4 April 

  • Brazil: 5/1 
  • France: 13/2 
  • England: 7/1 
  • Spain: 9/1 
  • Argentina: 11/1 
  • Germany: 12/1 
  • Belgium: 14/1 
  • Portugal: 16/1 
  • Netherlands: 16/1 
  • See the full list at oddschecker.com 

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Qatar World Cup

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Group A: draw and fixtures

Teams
  • Qatar (host nation) 
  • Ecuador
  • Senegal
  • Netherlands
Monday 21 November
  • Senegal vs. Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium; 10am)
  • Qatar vs. Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium; 4pm)
Friday 25 November
  • Qatar vs. Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium; 1pm)
  • Netherlands vs. Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium; 4pm)
Tuesday 29 November
  • Netherlands vs. Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium; 3pm)
  • Ecuador vs. Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium; 3pm)

 

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Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

England boss Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

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Group B: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • England
  • Iran
  • USA
  • European play-off qualifier: Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
Monday 21 November
  • England vs. Iran (Khalifa International Stadium; 1pm)
  • USA vs. Scotland/Wales/Ukraine (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)
Friday 25 November
  • Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs. Iran (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 10am) 
  • England vs. USA (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)
Tuesday 29 November
  • Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs. England (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)
  • Iran vs. USA (Al Thumama Stadium; 7pm)

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy in 2021

Argentina captain Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy in 2021

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Group C: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • Argentina
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Mexico
  • Poland
Tuesday 22 November
  • Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia (Lusail Stadium; 10am)
  • Mexico vs. Poland (Stadium 974; 4pm)
Saturday 26 November
  • Poland vs. Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium; 1pm)
  • Argentina vs. Mexico (Lusail Stadium; 7pm)
Wednesday 30 November
  • Poland vs. Argentina (Stadium 974; 7pm)
  • Saudi Arabia v Mexico (Lusail Stadium; 7pm)

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Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé starred as France won the World Cup in 2018

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Group D: draw and fixtures

Teams
  • France (defending champions)
  • UAE/Australia/Peru
  • Denmark
  • Tunisia
Tuesday 22 November
  • Denmark vs. Tunisia (Education City Stadium; 1pm)
  • France vs. UAE/Australia/Peru (Al Janoub Stadium; 7pm)
Saturday 26 November
  • Tunisia vs. UAE/Australia/Peru (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • France vs. Denmark (Stadium 974; 4pm)
Wednesday 30 November
  • Tunisia vs. France (Education City Stadium; 3pm)
  • UAE/Australia/Peru vs. Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm)

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Spain head coach Luis Enrique

Spain head coach Luis Enrique

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Group E: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • Spain
  • Costa Rica/New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Japan
Wednesday 23 November
  • Germany vs. Japan (Khalifa International Stadium; 1pm)
  • Spain vs. Costa Rica/New Zealand (Al Thumama Stadium; 4pm)
Sunday 27 November
  • Japan vs. Costa Rica/New Zealand (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 10am)
  • Spain vs. Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)
Thursday 1 December
  • Japan vs. Spain (Khalifa International Stadium; 7pm)
  • Costa Rica/New Zealand vs. Germany (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

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Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals so far at Euro 2020

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku

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Group F: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Morocco
  • Croatia
Wednesday 23 November
  • Morocco vs. Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium; 10am)
  • Belgium vs. Canada (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)
Sunday 27 November
  • Belgium vs. Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; 1pm)
  • Croatia vs. Canada (Khalifa International Stadium; 4pm)
Thursday 1 December
  • Croatia vs. Belgium (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; 3pm)
  • Canada vs. Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm)

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Brazil forwards Roberto Firmino and Neymar

Brazil forwards Roberto Firmino and Neymar

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Group G: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • Brazil
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Cameroon
Thursday 24 November
  • Switzerland vs. Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • Brazil vs. Serbia (Lusail Stadium; 7pm)
Monday 28 November
  • Cameroon vs. Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium; 10am)
  • Brazil vs. Switzerland (Stadium 974; 4pm)
Friday 2 December
  • Cameroon vs. Brazil (Lusail Stadium; 7pm)
  • Serbia vs. Switzerland (Stadium 974; 7pm)

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal qualified via the play-offs

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Group H: draw and fixtures 

Teams
  • Portugal
  • Ghana
  • Uruguay
  • South Korea
Thursday 24 November
  • Uruguay vs. South Korea (Education City Stadium; 1pm)
  • Portugal vs. Ghana (Stadium 974; 4pm)
Monday 28 November
  • South Korea vs. Ghana (Education City Stadium; 1pm)
  • Portugal vs. Uruguay (Lusail Stadium; 7pm)
Friday 2 December
  • South Korea vs. Portugal (Education City Stadium; 3pm)
  • Ghana vs. Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm)

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Round of 16: dates, stadiums and UK kick-off times

Saturday 3 December 
  • Match 49: Group A winners vs. Group B runners-up (Khalifa International Stadium; 3pm)
  • Match 50: Group C winners vs. Group D runners-up (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium; 7pm)
Sunday 4 December 
  • Match 51: Group D winners vs. Group C runners-up (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm) 
  • Match 52: Group B winners vs. Group A runners-up (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm) 
Monday 5 December 
  • Match 53: Group E winners vs. Group F runners-up (Al Janoub Stadium; 3pm) 
  • Match 54: Group G winners vs. Group H runners-up (Stadium 974; 7pm) 
Tuesday 6 December 
  • Match 55: Group F winners vs. Group E runners-up (Education City Stadium; 3pm) 
  • Match 56: Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up (Lusail Stadium; 7pm) 

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Quarter-finals: dates, stadiums and UK kick-off times

Friday 9 December 
  • Match 57: winners of match 53 vs. winners of match 54 (Education City Stadium; 3pm) 
  • Match 58: winners of match 49 vs. winners of match 50 (Lusail Stadium; 7pm) 
Saturday 10 December 
  • Match 59: winners of match 55 vs. winners of match 56 (Al Thumama Stadium; 3pm) 
  • Match 60: winners of match 51 vs. winners of match 52 (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm) 

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Semi-finals: dates, stadiums and UK kick-off times

Tuesday 13 December 
  • Match 61: winners of match 57 vs. winners of match 58 (Lusail Stadium; 7pm) 
Wednesday 14 December 
  • Match 62: winners of match 59 vs. winners of match 60 (Al Bayt Stadium; 7pm)

16

Third-place play-off 

Saturday 17 December 
  • Match 63: losers of match 61 vs. losers of match 62 
  • Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
  • Kick-off time: 3pm GMT 

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The Fifa World Cup trophy seen at the F1 Qatar Grand Prix

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The 2022 Fifa World Cup final 

The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 final, match 64, will take place at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday 18 December. The final will kick off at 3pm UK time. 

  • When: Sunday 18 December 2022
  • Where: Lusail Stadium
  • Kick-off time: 3pm GMT

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