The 2022 version of the global showpiece will kick-off with hosts Qatar playing a yet to be confirmed country at the magnificent Al-Bayt stadium that sits 60,000 people on Monday, 21st November 2022.
Unlike the recent versions of the world cup that are held in June and July, this one will be held in November and December 2022. This will be the last of 32 teams before they are increased to 40 teams in 2026.
The kick-off times for group stages have been set at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 local (Qatar) time with the last round of group stage matches kicking off at the same time.
Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the third/ fourth place play-off to take centre stage on 17th December 2022. The final is scheduled to take place at Lusail Stadium, an 80,000 seater on the 18th December 2022 which also doubles as the Qatar national day.
The group stages will last for 12 days with four matches played per day. Fans will be able to watch at least two matches a day and no air travel will be needed to move between venues since the stadiums have been set out within a 55-kilometre radius from Doha.
The other stadiums that will be used include; Al Janoub Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium, Education City Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud, Al Thumama Stadium and Lusail Stadium which will host the finals
The qualifiers for the 2022 world cup have already been scheduled but brought to a standstill due to the on-going pandemic that caused travel restrictions and requires social distancing. Uganda was drawn into Group E of the CAF qualifiers with Mali and neighbours Kenya and Rwanda.
Qatar is the first west Asian nation and also the smallest country to host a FIFA world cup. The organisers hope the tournament will act as a global celebration for overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: Alvine Sebuliba
Alvine is a sports writer and editor at Sports Nation Uganda. He is also a Civil Engineer by trade with a deep love for sports and reggae music.