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.”