2022 Qatar World Cup Set To Start Earlier Than Planned

The Qatar World Cup 2022 is set to start a day earlier than scheduled, allowing the host nation to play the opening game of the tournament following the opening ceremony.

According to Sky News, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA has been considering proposals to allow Qatar to kick off against Ecuador on Sunday, November 20, 2022, and be the only fixture that day rather than being the third game on Monday.

The final ratification of the fixture switch needs to come from the FIFA Bureau, which is led by the governing body’s president and also features the six heads of football’s regional confederations.

It would allow the Netherlands game against Senegal, which is also in Group A, to move from a lunchtime kick-off on Monday, 21 November to an evening slot.

England’s game against Iran would remain the second game of the tournament in Group B, being played on the afternoon of 21 November.

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