Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022: Day-by-day guide to fixtures

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France will be defending the World Cup they won in Russia in 2018

We now know who plays who and when in this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar following Friday’s draw in Doha.

The tournament kicks off on 21 November with a match between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium.

England are also in action on the opening day against Iran before going on to face the USA and Wales in Group B.

But when are the other group fixtures? What day do the knockout rounds start? And when is the final?

BBC Sport provides you with all the fixture information available for the first World Cup to be held outside the northern hemisphere summer.

Group-stage fixtures

The 2022 World Cup features 32 teams in eight groups of four, although some of the teams remain to be decided with one European and two intercontinental finals still to be played.

Four games will be played each day during a group stage that runs for 12 days.

The winners and runners-up of each group progress to the last 16.

Monday 21 November*

Group A: Senegal v Netherlands (10:00), Qatar v Ecuador (16:00)

Group B: England v Iran (13:00), USA v Wales (19:00)

Tuesday 22 November

Group C: Argentina v Saudi Arabia (10:00), Mexico v Poland (16:00)

Group D: Denmark v Tunisia (13:00), France v UAE/Australia/Peru (19:00)

Wednesday 23 November

Group E: Germany v Japan (13:00), Spain v Costa Rica/New Zealand (16:00)

Group F: Morocco v Croatia (10:00), Belgium v Canada (16:00)

Thursday, 24 November

Group G: Switzerland v Cameroon (10:00), Brazil v Serbia (19:00)

Group H: Uruguay v South Korea (13:00), Portugal v Ghana (16:00)

Friday, 25 November

Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (13:00), Netherlands v Ecuador (16:00)

Group B: Wales v Iran (10:00), England v USA (19:00)

Saturday 26 November

Group C: Poland v Saudi Arabia (13:00), Argentina v Mexico (19:00)

Group D: Tunisia v UAE/Australia/Peru (10:00), France v Denmark (16:00)

Sunday 27 November

Group E: Japan v Costa Rica/New Zealand (10:00), Spain v Germany (19:00)

Group F: Belgium v Morocco (13:00), Croatia v Canada (16:00)

Monday 28 November

Group G: Cameroon v Serbia (10:00), Brazil v Switzerland (16:00)

Group H: South Korea v Ghana (13:00), Portugal v Uruguay (19:00)

Tuesday 29 November

Group A: Netherlands v Qatar (15:00), Ecuador v Senegal (15:00)

Group B: Wales v England (19:00), Iran v USA (19:00)

Wednesday 30 November

Group C: Poland v Argentina (15:00), Saudi Arabia v Mexico (15:00)

Group D: Tunisia v France (19:00), UAE/Australia/Peru v Denmark (19:00)

Thursday 1 December

Group E: Japan v Spain (19:00), Costa Rica/New Zealand v Germany (19:00)

Group F: Croatia v Belgium (15:00), Canada v Morocco (15:00)

Friday 2 December

Group G: Cameroon v Brazil (19:00), Serbia v Switzerland (19:00)

Group H: South Korea v Portugal (15:00), Ghana v Uruguay (15:00) every goal from England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals

Last 16

Saturday 3 December

Game 49: Group A winners v Group B runners-up, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan (15:00)

Game 50: Group C winners v Group D runners-up, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (19:00)

Sunday 4 December

Game 51: Group D winners v Group C runners-up, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha (15:00)

Game 52: Group B winners v Group A runners-up, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor (19:00)

Monday 5 December

Game 53: Group E winners v Group F runners-up, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah (15:00)

Game 54: Group G winners v Group H runners-up, Stadium 974, Doha (19:00)

Tuesday 6 December

Game 55: Group F winners v Group E runners-up Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (15:00)

Game 56: Group H winners v Group G runners-up, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (19:00)


Friday 9 December

Game 57: Winners of game 53 v winners of game 54, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (15:00)

Game 58: Winners of game 49 v winners of game 50, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (19:00)

Saturday 10 December

Game 59: Winners of game 55 v winners of game 56, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha (15:00)

Game 60: Winners of game 51 v winners of game 52, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor (19:00)


Tuesday 13 December

Game 61: Winners of game 57 v winners of game 58, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (19:00)

Wednesday 14 December

Game 62: Winners of game 59 v winners of game 60, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor (19:00)

Third-place play-off

Saturday 17 December

Game 63: Losers of game 61 v losers of game 62, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan (15:00)


Sunday 18 December

Game 64: Winners of game 61 v winners of game 62, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (15:00)

*Match schedule subject to change. Times in GMT

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