Fans around the world are getting excited for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off in mid-November. The World Cup is typically held in June and July, but due to the hot Qatar sun in those months, it was moved back to November and December this year.

That is just one unique aspect of the Qatar World Cup, which should provide some added intrigue to the event. Below is some of the essential information about the World Cup as you prepare to root for your favorite nation.

Qatar World Cup Dates

The action kicks off on the pitch on Monday, November 21. While host nation Qatar will kick off that day, they aren’t the first match of the tournament. That distinction goes to Senegal and Netherlands in Group A, who will play at 5 a.m. Eastern time.
Also in action on the first day are England vs Iran in Group B at 8 a.m. Host nation Qatar will kick off against Group A foe Ecuador at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
Canada will kick off its first match in Group F against Belgium on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 p.m. Canada’s other Group F matches are scheduled for Sunday, November 27 at 11 a.m. Eastern time against Croatia, and Thursday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Eastern time against Morocco.
The Qatar World Cup dates 2022 for the Group stage will last through December 2. Round of 16 matches will kick off starting the next day, on Saturday, December 3.

World Cup 2022 Locations

The Qatar World Cup will be held at eight stadiums in five cities in Qatar. Four of those cities are located near the coast, while the fifth is slightly inland.
The venues for the FIFA World Cup are …

  • Lusail: Lusail Iconic Stadium (80,000 capacity)
  • Al Khor: Al Bayt Stadium (60,000)
  • Doha: Stadium 974 (40,000) and Al Thumama Stadium (40,000)
  • Al Rayyan: Khalifa International Stadium (45,416), Education City Stadium (43,350) and Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (44,740)
  • Al Wakrah: Al Janoub Stadium (40,000)

The World Cup final will be held in the Lusail Iconic Stadium, as it’s the largest capacity of all the venues.

World Cup 2022 Tickets

World Cup 2022 tickets went on sale earlier in the year. A second round of ticket sales opened on Tuesday, July 5. That sales period closed on August 16.

Fans were able to purchase tickets for individual matches at different price categories. Individual fans were limited to six tickets for each match, with a maximum of 60 tickets for the entire tournament.

If you can’t get tickets through FIFA directly, you can also opt for a third-party re-sale site.

When can I buy World Cup tickets for 2022?

Ticket sales for the World Cup 2022 are open now directly through FIFA. That sales period will end on August 16, though. After that, you will have to purchase tickets through a third-party seller, unless FIFA opens another sales period.

Who will win the World Cup 2022?

There are many nations that are favored to win the 2022 World Cup. France is the defending champion and has a good squad returning. Belgium and England are strong from Europe, with Brazil and Argentina being strong from South America.

Who is hosting the 2022 World Cup?

Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup. It will mark the first time an Arab nation hosts the event.

When is the World Cup final?

The World Cup final will be held on Sunday, December 18, in Lusail, Qatar. That will cap the month-long tournament, which will kick off on November 21.