2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off. The 2022 World Cup will now begin on Sunday, November 20, as opposed to Monday, November 21, as originally scheduled, according to FIFA.
Instead of Senegal vs. the Netherlands, the opening match will instead feature the host nation Qatar vs. Ecuador.
As a result, the competition will go for an additional 29 days, with the championship match taking place on Sunday, December 18.
2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off. A commission made up of the presidents of the six continental soccer federations and FIFA president Gianni Infantino unanimously decided to ratify this on Thursday.
“The modification guarantees the continuation of a long-standing custom of kicking off the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first game featuring either the hosts or the defending champion.
According to a statement from FIFA, “the decision was made after an assessment of the competition and operational ramifications, as well as after a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.”