As the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place in the Middle East, the UK group stage matches will be played at different times than previous years due to the Qatar time difference
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The draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022 takes place on Friday as Gareth Southgate and England wait to find out who they will face in the group stage next November as they try to get one second consecutive final at a major tournament the following Euro 2020.
But due to Qatar’s time difference, some of the Three Lions’ games will have numerous UK kick-off times when the tournament begins later this year.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Qatar time difference, the tournament’s scheduled kick-off times and when England could play.
What is the time difference between Qatar and United Kingdom?
London are currently two hours behind Qatar, but as the UK clocks go back on October 30, that means the UK will be three hours behind the host country when the World Cup kicks off in November.
Unlike the UK, the time difference in Qatar remains the same throughout the year, so this will not further impact kick-off times.
As things stand it is 12pm in the UK and 2pm in Qatar. By the time of the World Cup, when it is 12pm in the UK, it will be 3pm in Qatar.
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When are the World Cup games?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place from Monday 21st November to Sunday 18th December.
Group stage matches will take place from Monday 21st November to Friday 2nd December. The first two rounds of the group stage will see four matches played at four different times per day, while the final tournament will see four matches played at two different times per day.
The last 16 matches will take place from Saturday 3 December to Tuesday 6 December with two games per day, before the quarter-finals will be played from Friday 9 December to Saturday 10 December with two games per day .
The semi-finals will take place from Tuesday 13th December to Wednesday 14th December. The third place match takes place on Saturday 17th December before the final on Sunday 18th December.
What are the World Cup kick-off times?
The first two rounds of the group stage matches have kick-off times of 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 local time, which in the UK are 10:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 19:00 respectively.
The group stage finals and knockout rounds (round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals) kick off at 18:00 and 22:00 local time, in Great Britain at 15:00 and 19:00.
Both the third place match and the final will kick off at 18:00 local time, which will be 15:00 in the UK.
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