September 29, 2022

The World Cup will begin a day sooner than scheduled with Qatar to tackle Ecuador on Sunday November 20.

The Group A opener was on account of be performed on November 21 at 4pm GMT, making it the third match of the competitors.

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Qatar will tackle Ecuador on the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 20

Senegal vs Netherlands was alleged to be the opening match, with the Al Thumama Stadium conflict to kick off at 10am on the Monday. The match will now begin at 4pm.

However following discussions with Qatar and Ecuador, world governing physique FIFA signed off on a proposal to maneuver the host nation’s opener.

“The opening match and ceremony of this 12 months’s match at Al Bayt Stadium have been introduced ahead at some point following a unanimous determination taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council right this moment,” mentioned a press release from soccer’s world governing physique.

“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing custom of marking the beginning of the FIFA World Cup with a gap ceremony on the event of the primary match that includes both the hosts or the defending champions.

“The choice adopted an evaluation of the competitors and operational implications, in addition to an intensive session course of and an settlement with key stakeholders and the host nation.”

Qatar vs Ecuador will happen after a gap ceremony on the sphere on the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 5pm GMT.

All 32 nations will be desperate to get their hands on this trophy

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All 32 nations will probably be determined to get their fingers on this trophy


The ruling suits in with custom of both the hosts or the holders being concerned within the opening match.

It means the match will now stretch to 29 days reasonably than 28 however the remainder of the scheduling of the matches is not going to be affected.

England start their marketing campaign in opposition to Iran on November 21 at 1pm, whereas Wales tackle the USA at 7pm on the identical date.

FIFA has mentioned the the discharge interval for gamers on the 2022 World Cup stays unchanged, starting on November 14.

The FIFA assertion added: “Ticket holders will probably be duly notified by e mail that the related matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will stay legitimate regardless of the brand new date/time.

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“As well as, FIFA will search to handle any points arising from this modification in a case-by-case foundation.

“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match schedule, in addition to the competitors rules, have been amended accordingly.”

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