Thursday, May 26, 2022

BREAKING: 2022 World Cup Groups Have Been Confirmed

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins on 21 November as 32 teams aim to reach the final and become world champions on 18 December.

The tournament will be the first to be held in the Arab world and only the second to take place in Asia, after Japan and South Korea joint-hosted the event in 2002. This edition will be the last to feature just 32 teams, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 inwards in order to feature 48 nations.

Because of excessive summer temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup will be the first to be staged in winter rather than summer.

Key dates

Group stage: 21 November to 2 December

Round of 16: 3-6 December

Quarter-finals: 9-10 December

Semi-finals: 13-14 December

Final: 18 December

Kick-off times

The first two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm in Qatar (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm by the UK’s British Summer Time).

The final round of group games and all knockout matches will be at 6pm and 10pm in Qatar (3pm and 7pm).

The final is set for 6pm locally (3pm).

World Cup 2022 group draw in full

Group A

Qatar

Ecuador

Senegal

Netherlands

Group B

England

Iran

USA

European Play-Off: Scotland/Ukraine/Wales

Group C

Argentina

Saudi Arabia

Mexico

Poland

Group D

France

IC Play-Off 1: Australia/United Arab Emirates/Peru

Denmark

Tunisia

Group E

Spain

IC Play-Off 2: Costa Rica/New Zealand

Germany

Japan

Group F

Belgium

Canada

Morocco

Croatia

Group G

Brazil

Serbia

Switzerland

Cameroon

Group H

Portugal

Ghana.

Uruguay

South Korea

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