The 2022 Fifa Men’s World Cup will kick off on November 20 with Qatar becoming the first Arab country to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The World Cup in Qatar will be the 22nd edition of the men’s tournament.

France are the defending champions, having won the tournament for the second time in 2018.

There are 32 teams spread across eight groups. Top two from each group go through to the round of 16.

Match schedule for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from November 20-December 18 (times in IST):

Group stage

Sunday, November 20

2130: Qatar v Ecuador (Group A), Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Monday, November 21

1830: England v Iran (Group B), Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

2130: Senegal v Netherlands (Group A), Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): United States v Wales (Group B), Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

Tuesday, November 22

1530: Argentina v Saudi Arabia (Group C), Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

1830: Denmark v Tunisia (Group D), Education City Stadium (Doha)

2130: Mexico v Poland (Group C), 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): France v Australia (Group D), Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

Wednesday, November 23

1530: Morocco v Croatia (Group F), Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

1830: Germany v Japan (Group E), Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

2130: Spain v Costa Rica (Group E), Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Belgium v Canada (Group F), Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

Thursday, November 24

1530: Switzerland v Cameroon (Group G), Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

1830: Uruguay v South Korea (Group H), Education City Stadium (Doha)

2130: Portugal v Ghana (Group H), 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Brazil v Serbia (Group G), Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Friday, November 25

1530: Wales v Iran, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

1830: Qatar v Senegal, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

2130: Netherlands v Ecuador, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): England v United States, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Saturday, November 26 

1530: Tunisia v Australia, Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

1830: Poland v Saudi Arabia, Education City Stadium (Doha)

2130: France v Denmark, 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Argentina v Mexico, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Sunday, November 27 

1530: Japan v Costa Rica, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

1830: Belgium v Morocco, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

2130: Croatia v Canada, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Spain v Germany, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Monday, November 28

1530: Cameroon v Serbia, Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

1830: South Korea v Ghana, Education City Stadium (Doha)

2130: Brazil v Switzerland, 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Portugal v Uruguay, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Tuesday, November 29

2030: Ecuador v Senegal, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

2030: Netherlands v Qatar, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

0030 (Next AM): Iran v United States, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Wales v England, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

Wednesday, November 30

2030: Australia v Denmark, Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

2030: Tunisia v France, Education City Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Poland v Argentina, 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Saudi Arabia v Mexico, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Thursday, December 1

2030: Canada v Morocco, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

2030: Croatia v Belgium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

0030 (Next AM): Japan v Spain, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Germany v Costa Rica, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Friday, December 2

2030: Ghana v Uruguay, Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

2030: South Korea v Portugal, Education City Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Serbia v Switzerland, 974 Stadium (Doha)

0030 (Next AM): Cameroon v Brazil, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Last 16

Saturday, December 3

Game 49: 2030: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)

Game 50: 0030 (Next AM): Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan)

Sunday, December 4

Game 51: 0030 (Next AM): Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Game 52: 2030: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)

Monday, December 5

Game 53: 2030: Winners Group E v Runners-up Group F, Al-Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)

Game 54: 0030 (Next AM): Winners Group G v Runners-up Group H, 974 Stadium (Doha)

Tuesday, December 6

Game 55: 2030: Winners Group F v Runners-up Group E, Education City Stadium (Doha)

Game 56: 0030 (Next AM): Winners Group H v Runners-up Group G, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)


Friday, December 9

Game 57: 0030 (Next AM): Winners of game 49 v Winners of game 50, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Game 58: 2030: Winners of game 53 v Winners of game 54, Education City Stadium (Doha)

Saturday, December 10

Game 59: 0030 (Next AM): Winners of game 51 v Winners of game 52, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Game 60: 2030: Winners of game 55 v Winners of game 56, Al-Thumama Stadium (Doha)


Tuesday, December 13

Game 61: 0030 (Next AM): Winners of game 57 v Winners of game 58, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

Wednesday, December 14

Game 62: 0030 (Next AM): Winners of game 59 v Winners of game 60, Al-Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)

Third-place play-off

Saturday, December 17

Game 63: 2030: Losers of game 61 v Losers of game 62, Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)


Sunday, December 18

Game 64: 2030: Winners of game 61 v Winners of game 62, Lusail Stadium (Lusail)

The matches will be broadcast on Sports18 and JioCinema in India.