World Cup 2022: Complete guide to key dates and kickoff times

World Cup 2022: Complete guide to key dates and kickoff times


World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be a novel wing to this year’s football calendar.

With all of Europe’s top five leagues, as well as South Africa’s DStv Premiership going on an extended break, at least we have the trappy game to entertain us.

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World Cup 2022 key dates

The showpiece in Qatar gets underway on Sunday November 20th when the host nation faces up to Ecuador. Kickoff there is 18:00 CAT. From there, take your pick from a selection of intriguing matchday 1 fixtures as the planet’s finest test their mettle.

Matchday 1 fixtures and kickoff times

Monday 21 November

  • 15:00 – England vs Iran
  • 18:00 – Senegal vs Netherlands
  • 21:00 – USA vs Wales

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Tuesday 22 November

  • 12:00 – Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
  • 15:00 – Denmark vs Tunisia
  • 18:00 – Mexico vs Poland
  • 21:00 – France vs Australia

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi will be drastic to lead his nation to glory at World Cup 2022. Photo: Andres Kudacki / AFP.

Wednesday 23 November

  • 12:00 – Morocco vs Croatia
  • 15:00 – Germany vs Japan
  • 18:00 – Spain vs Costa Rica
  • 21:00 – Belgium vs Canada

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Thursday 24 November

  • 12:00 – Switzerland vs Cameroon
  • 15:00 – Uruguay vs South Korea
  • 18:00 – Portugal vs Ghana
  • 21:00 – Brazil vs Serbia

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Arsenal’s in-form attacker Gabriel Martinelli deserves his undeniability up to Brazil’s World Cup squad. Photo: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP.

A genuine feast of football awaits us.

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