FIFA has set dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the World Cup final set to take place a week before Christmas on December 18.
This means that a team – potentially Gareth Southgate’s England team – will have the perfect Christmas present to hoist the trophy as world champions.
The tournament will start on November 21 and fans can enjoy a live football party with four group matches to be held each day until the end of the group stage on December 2 – and the first match of the day will be at 10am. kickoff for British fans.
The 2022 World Cup final will take place on December 18 – just seven days before Christmas Day
It could be the perfect Christmas present for Gareth Southgate and millions of fans in England
The 2018 World Cup in Russia saw between two and four games played per day during the group stage.
But fans in England will scramble to retire from work with Gareth Southgate’s team who could play in the middle of the work day.
The group matches will be played over a 12-day period, the matches not being allocated to any particular place before the draw for the finals in March 2022 in order to choose optimal kick-off times adapted to the television audience. in different countries as well as supporters. in Qatar.
The kick-off times for the first two match rounds will be at 1 p.m. (10 a.m. GMT), 4 p.m. (1 p.m. GMT), 7 p.m. (4 p.m. GMT) and 10 p.m. (7 p.m. GMT) local time.
As the stadiums are all within 40 miles of each other, this will potentially allow supporters and the media to attend more than one match on the same day.
For all games except three, there will be a three-day rest period between the teams. Nor will it be necessary for teams, supporters or the media to spend time flying or making long train or road trips between matches.
Doha Lusail stadium to host final – here it is pictured under construction in February
The opening match of the tournament on November 21 will take place at Al Bayt stadium
The kick-off times for the final phase of group matches and knockout matches will be at 6 p.m. (3 p.m. GMT) and 10 p.m. (7 p.m. GMT) local time.
The opening match of the tournament will be played at Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor on Monday November 21 in a match that will feature the host country.
The final venue for 2022 is the Lusail Stadium in Doha, with the flagship game to be played on Sunday December 18.
A start date has not yet been set for the European qualifying section for the World Cup. The announcement comes two years to the day since the 2018 World Cup final.