Qatar World Cup may begin a day sooner than scheduled

Opening ceremony and Qatar versus Ecuador match may very well be performed on November 20, in accordance with a proposal put ahead.

The Qatar World Cup 2022 seems set to begin a day sooner than scheduled permitting the hosts to play the opening sport of the match on November 20 following the opening ceremony.

In the present fixture checklist launched after the draw on April 1, Netherlands and Senegal play the primary match of the World Cup at 1pm (10:00 GMT) on November 21 with Qatar taking over Ecuador at 7pm (16:00 GMT) within the third match going down on the opening day.

However, a proposal to create a 29-day match as a substitute of 28 has been agreed by Qatari officers and South American soccer physique CONMEBOL, with talks additionally involving the Qatar and Ecuador soccer federations.

The host nation has performed the primary match for the reason that 2006 match in Germany.

The move may very well be permitted by the FIFA Council earlier than the 100-day countdown begins this week.

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If permitted, the opening ceremony additionally seems set to happen at Al Bayt Stadium, which can host the Qatar-Ecuador sport, with Netherlands versus Senegal taking over the night spot the next day.

The 2022 World Cup is the primary within the match’s 92-year historical past to be performed in November and December. The earlier 21 editions had been all performed between late May and the top of July.

FIFA finalised a call in 2015 to keep away from the warmth in Qatar’s summer time and move to November and December, regardless of opposition from most European soccer our bodies that had been sad at shutting down their home leagues for a number of peak weeks.

The closing of the match will happen on December 18, Qatar’s National Day.

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