Winter World Cup In 2022 Promises To Be Feast Of Football
The first ever winter World Cup will kick off with the opening game featuring hosts Qatar in action at the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor on November 21.
It's also been confirmed that four group stages games will be played across 11 hours every day, with FIFA revealing the exact timings for fans watching around the globe.
And for those in the United Kingdom, the kick-off times couldn't have worked out much better. For the first two rounds of matches, the first game will get under way at 10am, before further fixtures follow at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.
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:four: matches per day during the group stage
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In terms of fans planning to attend the showpiece, it's very much feasible for them to watch multiple in the same day to due to all of the stadiums being located in a 40-mile radius.
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Once the draw for the tournament takes place at a date yet to be disclosed, we will then have the full fixture list and subsequent venues.
The final will be held on December 18, seven days before Christmas, in front of 80,000 fans at the Lusail Stadium.
"The World Cup is always a festival of football, a real celebration for the fans who come on-site and watch," FIFA chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith said a statement, as per ESPN.
"In Qatar, with the compact nature, this is going to be amplified even more with 32 teams and 32 sets of supporters all in and around Doha.
"FIFA will wait until the draw for the tournament is held in March or April of 2022 before assigning specific games to venues and time-slots.
"That will enable them to better align games with time zones for domestic television partners of the competing teams. The tournament was switched from it's usual June-July slot due to the heat in the Gulf state and is the first that will be held in the middle of the European season."
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