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Qatar to kick off 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium

Qatar to kick off 2022 
FIFA World Cup at 
Al Bayt Stadium

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 21, 2022, at 13:00 local time. The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium nearly a month later on December 18.
This was announced by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) on Wednesday as the organisers confirmed the tournament schedule.
“Exactly two years after that historic occasion on July 15, 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the football world to dream of a new beginning — one that, now, has a precise time and place to start,” the SC said.
The Al Bayt Stadium is a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic people in the Gulf region.
The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00.
Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on December 17. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.
With the aim of providing all teams with optimal rest between their matches, the group stage will last 12 days, with four matches per day.
“The tournament’s compact nature with no air travel needed to move between the venues will allow organisers, for the first time, to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media,” the SC added.
“This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each match-day to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window. Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.”
That additional flexibility is possible without affecting any technical aspects since all stadiums are located within a compact radius and the climate is perfect at that time of year in Qatar, whether it is an early or a late kick-off. On top of that, this will potentially give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.
For those eager to book their seats at Qatar 2022, hospitality sales are scheduled to start in late 2020.
Ticket sales for the general public will be conducted solely via FIFA.com/tickets, where details on the timeline, phases, categories and prices will be communicated in due course.