Officially... Changing the start date of the World Cup

12 August, 2022
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Officially... Changing the start date of the World Cup

FIFA has announced that the 2022 World Cup will be brought forward by 24 hours.

The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador will be held on Sunday, November 20, and will be the only confrontation on the first day of the World Cup.
Thus, the first match and the opening ceremony of this year's edition will be presented at Al Bayt Stadium for one day.
This decision was taken after evaluating its consequences for the competitions and the practical aspect of the tournament, in addition to in-depth consultations and agreement with the concerned authorities and the host country.

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