4 video games per day in group stage of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup could have 4 video games day by day in a 12-day group stage and matches later within the event that go into additional time will prolong previous midnight in Qatar

FIFA launched the schedule for the primary World Cup to be performed in November and December on Wednesday, with kickoff occasions at 1 p.m. (1000 GMT), 4 p.m. (1300 GMT), 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) and 10 p.m. (1900 GMT).

“As soon as the pairings are recognized, the chance might be mentioned of offering a extra helpful kickoff time for audiences at residence, or certainly for followers in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation,” FIFA mentioned in a press release.

Host Qatar will open the Center East’s first World Cup within the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. The ultimate begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 on the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium. These are the identical kickoff occasions from the final World Cup in Russia.

Eight venues in shut proximity to Doha might be used on the event, which might be performed in 28 days moderately than the 32 days utilized in Russia to attenuate the disruption to the European season. Groups and followers won’t must fly round Qatar as a result of stadiums are inside a 30-mile radius.

Each semifinals — like some video games within the earlier rounds — will kick off at 10 p.m. and can spill over into the subsequent day if there may be additional time, and even simply lengthy damage and VAR delays in common time.

There is no such thing as a house for a niche with out video games between the group stage and spherical of 16.

Most groups will get three days of relaxation between video games, which FIFA mentioned was “optimum for sporting efficiency.” However groups in two last-16 matches will solely have two days of relaxation. For the third-place playoff, one shedding semifinalist could have two restoration days whereas the opposite has three.

FIFA is trying to stage the draw for the event in late March or early April 2022, when 30 of the 32 finalists might be recognized.

The ultimate begins at 10 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast (4 p.m. Central European time) and might be over earlier than the beginning of NFL video games within the U.S. Will probably be the second straight remaining extra accommodating to Asian audiences.

The 2018 males’s remaining in Moscow began at 11 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. CET after 9 of the ten earlier championship video games from 1978 by way of 2014 began within the 2-3:30 p.m. EDT and 8-9:30 CET vary. The exception was the 2002 remaining in Japan, which started at 7 a.m. EDT (1 p.m. CET).

The development is an indication that whereas the 1994 World Cup remaining began at midday on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California (9 p.m. CET), the 2026 remaining is extra doubtless be staged on the East Coast or Central time zone,

It’s the final World Cup with 32 groups earlier than the enlargement to 48 nations on the 2026 event in the US, Canada and Mexico.

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