FIFA World Cup 2022: Guide to Stadiums and Fixtures

The stadiums are ready, the draw is complete, and the schedule is out. The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be like no other. There were 3 out 32 slots empty in an unprecedented draw held on 1st April 2022. However, the tournament organisers followed the schedule and completed the draw on the scheduled date.   

The draw is not all, many unusual activities are happening for the first time at this mega event since the inception of the football World Cup back in 1930. Firstly, Qatar becomes the first Arab world nation to host the world cup. This tournament will also be the first World Cup held in November and December. Also, the stadiums are equipped with climate-controlling technology features to counter the Qatari heat.

The football fans eagerly wait for November to see their favourite teams compete for the bragging rights of being called the World Champions. While there is still some time to kill, you can read all the vital information so far. From the World Cup 2022 finals draw to the stadiums and schedule, this guide is the only thing you need to know about what happens next.

Final Draw

FIFA World Cup 2022

The group stage draw for the World Cup 2022 finals was on 1st April 2022 in Doha. Twenty-nine teams were drawn into 8 groups as per their rankings. After the draw, there were three spots left. These spots were filled after the final qualifier play-offs were held in June 2022. Out of eight teams competing for the spot in the mega event, Wales, Australia, and Costa Rica qualified. Here is the final draw of FIFA WC 2022 Qatar.

Group AQatar (Host)EcuadorNetherlandsSenegal
Group BEnglandIranUSAWales
Group CArgentinaMexicoPolandSaudi Arabia
Group DFrance (Champion)DenmarkTunisiaAustralia
Group ESpainGermanyJapanCosta Rica
Group FBelgiumCanadaCroatiaMorocco
Group GBrazilCameroonSerbiaSwitzerland
Group HPortugalGhanaSouth KoreaUruguay

The top two teams from each group will proceed into the Round-16. 

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadiums

Qatar constructed 7 new stadiums for the tournament while one underwent extensive renovation to gear up to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. All the stadiums are less than an hour from the capital city of Doha. A total of 8 venues will host 64 matches of the World Cup 2022 finals in Qatar.

1 – Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium is the most iconic arena in Qatar that has been around since 1976. It is the only stadium not built from scratch. The stadium reopened in 2017 after the renovation. It is located in the capital city of Doha and is easily accessible.

Capacity: 40,000

Group stage matches: 6; Round-16 matches: 1, and a Third-place match.

DateMatch
21 November 2022England vs. Iran
23 November 2022Germany vs Japan
25 November 2022Netherlands vs Ecuador
27 November 2022Croatia vs Canada
29 November 2022Ecuador vs Senegal
1 December 2022Japan vs Spain
3 December 20221A vs 2B (Round-16)
17 December 2022Loser SF-1 vs Loser SF-2 (Third-place Match)

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2 – Al Bayt Stadium

Located 60 km from Doha, Al Bayt Stadium is the farthest stadium from the capital Doha. Fans can reach the stadium by road with taxis and buses. The stadium is designed in the shape of a tent used by the Bedouin people, a nomadic group living across the Arab for centuries.

Capacity: 60,000

Group stage matches: 6; Round-16 matches: 1; Quarter-final matches: 1; and a Semi-final match.

DateMatch
21 November 2022Qatar vs Ecuador
23 November 2022Morocco vs Croatia
25 November 2022England vs USA
27 November 2022Spain vs Germany
29 November 2022Netherlands vs Qatar
1 December 2022Costa Rica vs Germany
4 December 20221B vs 2A (Round-16)
10 December 20221B/2A vs 1D/2C (QF-3)
14 December 2022Winner QF-3 vs Winner QF-4 (Semi-Final 2)

3 – Al Thumama Stadium

The design of this stadium was inspired by the Ghafiya, the traditional woven cap worn by Arab males. Al Thumama Stadium is connected with central Doha by a purpose-built metro line to help fans reach the venue without much trouble.

Capacity: 40,000 

Group stage matches: 6; Round-16 matches: 1; and a Quarter-final match.

DateMatch
21 November 2022Senegal vs Netherlands
21 November 2022Spain vs Costa Rica
21 November 2022Qatar vs Senegal
21 November 2022Belgium vs Morocco
21 November 2022Iran vs USA
1 December 2022Canada vs Morocco
4 December 20221D vs 2C (Round-16)
10 December 20221F/2E vs 1H/2G (QF-4)

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4 – Al-Rayyan Stadium

Al-Rayyan Stadium was built on the site of the old Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in one of Qatar’s historic cities of Al Rayyan. The stadium sits on the edge of the desert and allows visitors to get a glimpse of Qatar’s deep cultural roots. Located just a few kilometres from Doha, it is one of the easily accessible stadiums outside Doha.

Capacity: 40,000

Group stage matches: 6; and a Round-16 match.

DateMatch
21 November 2022USA vs Wales
23 November 2022Belgium vs Canada
25 November 2022Wales vs Iran
27 November 2022Japan vs Costa Rica
29 November 2022Wales vs England
1 December 2022Croatia vs Belgium
3 December 20221C vs 2D (Round-16)

5 – Al Janou Stadium

Located 20 kilometres from Doha, Al Janou Stadium is connected to Doha by a purpose-built metro line for the benefit of the fans. The stadium is built using the traditional materials and timber of the Arabian Peninsula.

Capacity: 40,000

Group stage matches: 6; and a Round-16 matches.

DateMatch
22 November 2022France vs Australia
24 November 2022Switzerland vs Cameroon
26 November 2022Tunisia vs Australia
28 November 2022Cameroon vs Serbia
30 November 2022Australia vs Denmark
2 December 2022Ghana vs Uruguay
5 December 20221E vs 2F (Round-16)

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6 – Stadium 974

Located in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha, on the shores of the Gulf, Stadium 974 is constructed from shipping containers and other recycled materials with the intent to dismantle the stadium after the World Cup 2022 finals. Fans can reach this waterside stadium by taking a short metro ride from downtown Doha.

Capacity: 40,000

Group stage matches: 6; and a Round-16 match.

DateMatch
22 November 2022Mexico vs Poland
24 November 2022Portugal vs Ghana
26 November 2022France vs Denmark
28 November 2022Brazil vs Switzerland
30 November 2022Poland vs Argentina
2 December 2022Serbia vs Switzerland
5 December 20221G vs 2H (Round-16)

7 – Education City Stadium

The stadium is named after its location within the Qatar Foundation’s Education City. The arena is designed as a jagged diamond that will glitter by day and glow by night. Located just 7 kilometres from downtown Doha, fans will find easy access to the stadium by road or metro.

Capacity: 40,000

Group stage matches: 6; Round-16 matches: 1; and a Quarter-final match.

DateMatch
22 November 2022Denmark vs Tunisia
24 November 2022Uruguay vs South Korea
26 November 2022Poland vs Saudi Arabia
28 November 2022South Korea vs Ghana
30 November 2022Tunisia vs France
2 December 2022South Korea vs Portugal
6 December 20221F vs 2E (Round-16)
9 December 20221E/2F vs 1G/2H (QF-2)

8 – Lusail Iconic Stadium

Lusail Iconic Stadium is a part of a planned Lusail city, constructed specially for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The city houses a wide array of facilities to cater to fans’ needs. Also, the stadium is well served by a direct metro from Doha, making it easy for fans to commute. The stadium will host the opening game and the final of the event. 

Capacity: 86,000

Group stage matches: 6; Round-16 matches: 1; Quarter-final matches: 1, a Semi-final match, and the Final.

DateMatch
22 November 2022Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
24 November 2022Brazil vs Serbia
26 November 2022Argentina vs Mexico
28 November 2022Portugal vs Uruguay
30 November 2022Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
2 December 2022Cameroon vs Brazil
6 December 20221H vs 2G (Round-16)
9 December 20221A/2B vs 1C/2D (QF-1)
13 December 2022Winner QF-1 vs Winner QF-2 (Semi-Final-1)
18 December 2022Winner SF-1 vs Winner SF-2 (The Final)
FIFA World Cup

Many international and domestic football matches are on the calendar between now and the start of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November. The UEFA Nations League will resume in September, with several friendly matches during the international break. The domestic leagues in some countries have already started. While in Europe, the domestic leagues will start a week early in August 2022. All the domestic competitions will halt a week or two before the World Cup 2022 gets underway. 

Usually, we would see teams play one or two warm-up matches in the build-up to the World Cup finals, but with the unusual timing of the event, the chances of those are slim. Football fans all over the globe are praying for the mega event to go ahead as planned without any delays. They are all set for the action-packed football season of 2022.

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