The World Cup starts a day earlier than planned as the start in Qatar is brought forward


The 2022 World Cup begins a day ahead of schedule with hosts Qatar playing Ecuador on Sunday 20 November.

The Group A match and opening ceremony have been brought forward as a standalone event, FIFA has confirmed.

Group A rivals Senegal and Holland, who were due to start the tournament on Monday 21 November at 13:00 local time (10:00 GMT), will now start at 19:00 (16:00 GMT) on that day GMT), three hours after England played their opening match against Iran in Group B.

“The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium has been brought forward by one day following a unanimous decision by the Presidency of the FIFA Council today,” the world governing body said in a statement.

“The move ensures the continuation of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony to mark the first match of either the hosts or the holders.

“The decision followed a competitive and operational impact assessment, as well as a thorough process of consultation and agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.”

FIFA has announced that the transfer deadline for players at the 2022 World Cup will remain unchanged and will start on November 14.

England will be involved in the second game of the World Cup in Qatar against Iran (Steven Paston/PA)

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The FIFA statement added: “Ticket holders will be duly notified by email that the relevant matches have been postponed and their tickets will remain valid regardless of the new date/time.

“In addition, FIFA will try to resolve any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.

“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match schedule and competition regulations have been amended accordingly.” The World Cup starts a day earlier than planned as the start in Qatar is brought forward

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