FIFA World Cup 2022 facts: Dates, schedules, teams, football stars in action, how to watch, official song & mascot for Qatar tournament (2023)

Qatar will host the biggest football show on the planet in 2022, where global stars like Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Pogba, Neymar, and Kane are ready to light it up.

The FIFA men's world cup trophy is up for grabs, four years after France claimed the right to call themselves world champions.

The stakes are as high as ever with established footballing nations like Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, England, Germany, Portugal, Senegal, South Korea, and many more aiming for glory and a new page of football history.

So when and where is it? What are the fixture dates? Who qualified? Where can you find a schedule? Who are the biggest stars to watch?

Read on for the answers to all the big questions on Qatar 2022.

When is the FIFA men's world cup 2022?

The 2022 football World Cup in Qatar kicks-off on Sunday 20th November 2022 and runs through to Sunday 18th December.

It's the first men's FIFA world cup not taking place in the northern hemisphere summer, and is being held at the end of Autumn and start of Winter in the Persian Gulf region.

Where will the World Cup 2022 be held?

The World Cup in 2022 will be held in 8 different stadiums across the middle-eastern nation of Qatar:Lusail Iconic Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Wakrah Sports Complex.

The furthest distance between any two World Cup 2022 stadiums is around 70 kilometres, or 45 miles, meaning that it's one of the most densely packed tournaments ever.

The Arab state of Qatar has a population of around 3 million people, with over 80% of them living in the nation's capital Doha.

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World Cup qualifiers: Who qualified for Qatar 2022?

The 32 countries qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are Qatar (Hosts), Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Mexico, the United States, Senegal, Wales, Poland, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, Ghana, Korea Republic, Cameroon, Serbia, Canada, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Ecuador.

World Cup draw: Groups

The teams have been drawn into eight groups for the first phase of the tournament. There are four teams in each group and the countries will play the other teams in their group once. Winners are awarded with 3 points, there's 1 point to each team if there match ends level, and losers get no points. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams with most points in each group qualify for the knock-out rounds, beginning with the round of 16.

Check out the eight groups of four below.

When and what time is the first game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Hosts Qatar will open the tournament with a Group A match against Ecuador on Sunday 20th November at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT/UTC) in Doha at Al Bayt Stadium.

How do I get tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2022?

Fans can get tickets through the Fifa.com website. Around 2.5 million tickets have been sold already for Qatar 2022.

Tickets are in the 'last minute phase' of sale. Organisers have restricted entry to Qatar to only allow fans with official tickets to enter the country during the tournament period.

What times will the world cup matches be played in 2022?

The first two rounds of group stage games will kick-off at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 Arabia Standard Time (AST) which is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

That's:

11:00, 14:00, 17:00, and 20:00 CET (the time in central Europe during the tournament)

10:00, 13:00, 16:00, and 19:00 GMT/UTC (Also the time in the UK during the tournament)

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05:00, 08:00, 11:00 and 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST or ET) in the USA

And 02:00, 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST or PT) on the west coast of the US and Canada.

The last round of group games and the knockout matches will take place at 18.00 and 22.00 local time:

16:00 and 20:00 CET

15:00 and 19:00 UTC / UK

10:00 and 14:00 ET

07:00 and 11:00 PT

The final, on December 18, is at 18:00 local time. That’s 16:00 in central Europe, 15:00 UTC and in the UK, 10:00 Eastern time and 07:00 Pacific Time in the US.

Who are the stars to watch at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

The biggest names in the men's game will descend on Qatar for the sport's showpiece international event.

Two candidates for footballing G.O.A.T., Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will be there for probably their final attempt at winning the big one.

Ronaldo is now 37 and Messi 35, and both have admitted that this is their last dance.

But Olympic champ Messi and Ronaldo will be joined by an all-star cast that includes France's Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Griezmann - the reigning champs from 2018.

Then there's Olympic gold medallist Neymar and Brazil who have been in devastating form with a side stacked with superstars like Gabriel Jesus who fired Arsenal top of the Premier League, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo emerging as global superstars at Real Madrid, and Olympic champion Richarlison aiming to become world champion too. And that's just in attack.

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The Selecao Canarinho also boast Thiago Silva and the iconic Olympic champion Dani Alves at the back, along with defensive midfield maestros Casemiro and Fabinho.

Even in goal, Brazil have an impossible choice between Liverpool's Alisson and Manchester City's Ederson.

Then there's England with captain Harry Kane who will believe they have a strong shout after making the final of Euro 2020 and only losing out on penalties to Italy.

English stars like Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Jude Bellingham, Reece James, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, have England fans dreaming of a first World Cup since 1966.

Outside some of the big favourites there's Uruguay's Luis Suarez, South Korea's Son Heung-Min, Belgian duo Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Japanese wonderkid Kubo Takefusa, Alphonso Davies (Canada), USA soccer hope Christian Pulisic ...

The list could go on and on.

World Cup 2022 game schedule

Here's a basic schedule for Qatar 2022:

  • 20 November 2022: Opening Ceremony, Group A opener (Qatar v Ecuador)
  • 2 December 2022: Final round of group games
  • 3-6 December: Round of 16
  • 9-10 December: Quarterfinals
  • 13-14 December: Semifinals
  • 17 December: Third-Place Match
  • 18 December: Final

The 'rest days' when there are no games during Qatar 2022 are Wednesday 7 December, Thursday 8 December, Sunday 11 December, Monday 12 December, Thursday 15 December, and Friday 16 December.

What is the official World Cup 2022 song?

Going big, there's an entire playlist for the Qatar World Cup.

The global hit Hayya Hayya (Better Together) by Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha was followed by Arhbo, a song by Puerto Rican multiplatinum award-winning superstar Ozuna and French-Congolese rapper Gims - is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup soundtrack

That upbeat new single joined the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack, and arguably the biggest artist on the album - Grammy award-winning American rapper Lil Baby - released 'The World is yours to take'.

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He joined a long list of iconic artists like Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Plácido Domingo, and Shakira in recording a song for the World Cup.

"When I started in music in 2017, I went all in on a dream that brought me to where I am now," Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, said.

"And that’s what I want fans to feel when they hear the song,"

"I hope it makes you feel like you're walking out onto the pitch at the World Cup, making moves toward your own dreams, whatever that means to you," he added.

"I'm by far one of the hardest workers, real firm believer in practice makes perfect," the song opens.

Qatar 2022 official mascot: La'eeb

La’eeb is the Official Mascot for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

"La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player. He belongs to a parallel mascot-verse that is indescribable – everyone is invited to interpret what it looks like," according to the FIFA website.

"La’eeb encourages everyone to believe in themselves as ‘Now is All’. He will bring the joy of football to everyone. The adventurous, fun, and curious La’eeb was unveiled during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final Draw."

What is the trophy for the World Cup 2022?

The coveted gold trophy up for grabs in Qatar is simply called the FIFA World Cup. It has been used since 1974. Prior to that, the Jules Rimet Trophy was used from 1930 to 1970.

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Where can I watch the World Cup on TV and digital livestreaming?

Here's a list of the TV broadcasters who organisers FIFA are partnering with and where you can watch the 2022 World Cup tournament games across the globe.

Afghanistan ATN
Albania RTSH
Argentina TVP - TyC Sports
Armenia AMPTV
Australia SBS
Austria ORF - ServusTV
Azerbaijan İTV
Bangladesh T Sports
Belarus Belteleradio
Belgium RTBFVRT
Bolivia Bolivia TV - Red Uno - Unitel
Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
Bulgaria BNT - Nova
Brazil TV Globo
Brunei Kristal-Astro
Cambodia TVK
Canada Bell Media
Caribbean SportsMax
Cayman Islands Logic
Central Asia Saran Media
China CCTV - Migu
Colombia Caracol Televisión - RCN Televisión
Costa Rica Teletica
Croatia HRT
Curaçao TV Direct 13
Cyprus CyBC
Czech Republic ČTTV Nova
Denmark DRTV 2
Ecuador Teleamazonas
El Salvador TCS
Estonia ERR
Europe EBU
France TF1 - beIN Sports
Finland Yle - MTV3
Georgia GPB
Germany ARD - ZDF - Deutsche Telekom
Greece ANT1
Guatemala TV Azteca - Tigo Sports
Honduras Televicentro
Hong Kong PCCW
Hungary MTVA
Iceland RÚV
Indian subcontinent Viacom18
Indonesia Klikdaily - Emtek
Ireland RTÉ
Israel IPBC
Italy RAI
Japan Dentsu - Abema
Kazakhstan Kazakh TV
Kosovo RTK
Latin America Vrio Corp.
Latvia LTV
Liechtenstein SRG SSR
Lithuania LRT
Macau TDM
Malaysia Astro - RTM
Malta PBS
MENA beIN Sports
Mexico TelevisaTV Azteca
Moldova TRM
Mongolia Central Television
Montengero RTCG
Nepal Media Hub
Netherlands NOS
New Zealand Sky
North Macedonia MRT
Norway NRKTV 2
Pakistan ARY Digital Network
Panama RPC - TVN
Paraguay SNT - Telefuturo - TreceTyC - SportsTigo Sports
Peru Latina Televisión
Philippines TAP DMV
Poland TVP
Portugal RTP Sport TV
Romania TVR
Russia Match TV - Channel One - VGTRK
Senegal RTS
Serbia RTS
Slovakia RTVS
Slovenia RTV
South Africa SABC
South Korea SBS - KBS - MBC
Spain RTVE - Mediapro
Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport - New World TV
Suriname SCCN - STVS
Sweden SVT TV4
Switzerland SRG SSR
Taiwan ELTA
Trinidad and Tobago CNC3
Turkey TRT
Ukraine Suspilne
United Kingdom BBC ITV
United States Fox - Telemundo
Uruguay ANTEL - Canal 4 - Canal 10 - TeledoceTyC Sports
Uzbekistan MTRK
Venezuela Televen

FAQs

How can I watch FIFA 2022 in Qatar? ›

Del Rio is intrigued by Colts' controversial coaching hire. TV Channel: The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live across FOX Sports (FOX and FS1) in the English Language as well as on Telemundo in Spanish. Live Stream: You can live stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Peacock, Fubo, SlingTV, and Vidgo.

Can you drink alcohol in Qatar? ›

Alcohol is usually restricted in Qatar, a conservative Muslim country, with the few hotel bars allowed typically charging about £12-£15 for a beer or glass of wine.

Is Ronaldo playing World Cup 2022? ›

Qatar 2022 will also be Cristiano Ronaldo's fifth and final FIFA World Cup. The five-time Ballon d'Or (best football player award) winner is the leading scorer in the international circuit with 117 goals but has struggled for form at his club Manchester United this year.

Where to watch World Cup for free? ›

Stream the World Cup on Peacock

NBC's streaming platform, Peacock, will offer live streams of all 64 World Cup matches.

How to watch World Cup 2022 live free? ›

Yes, you will be able to stream the first 12 matches of the World Cup for free on the Peacock app. The broadcasts will be in Spanish as part of NBC's Spanish-language coverage.

Where can I watch all World Cup games? ›

You can watch that game and every game of the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks — the tournament's official English-language broadcast partner in the United States — and the FOX Sports app. You can also stream full World Cup match replays for free on Tubi.

What TV channel is FIFA 2022 on? ›

All of England's matches in the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India. Live streaming will be available on the JioCinema app and website.

Can I play FIFA 2022 on EA Play? ›

Soccer fans can enjoy the biggest victories on and off the pitch with EA Sports FIFA 22, now available on The Play List to all EA Play members.

Can Muslims buy alcohol in Qatar? ›

Muslims are not allowed to consume alcohol. Muslims caught consuming alcohol are liable to flogging or deportation. Alcohol consumption is partially legal for non-Muslims. Some five-star luxury hotels are allowed to sell alcohol to their non-Muslim customers in Qatar.

What food is not allowed in Qatar? ›

Food Items:
  • Pork and related products. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Edible Seeds and spices. ...
  • Narcotic drugs of any kind or any quantity. ...
  • Pornographic materials. ...
  • Fireworks, weapons & ammunition. ...
  • Exotic Hunting Trophies and Endangered Species. ...
  • Some over-the-counter drugs.

Is alcohol is Ban in Qatar? ›

Alcohol is available to buy for over 21-year-olds from licensed hotel restaurants and bars. There is also a single state-controlled off-licence, but any visiting fan should be aware it's for residents only.

Who is the best football player in the world? ›

Karim Benzama won the Ballon d'Or Award (his first) for 2022, beating the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Mohammad Salah and Robert Lewandowski in the race. One of the main architects of Real Madrid's winning their 14th Champions League trophy was French striker Karim Benzema.

Is 2022 last World Cup for Messi? ›

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Messi comes into the World Cup in some of his best form in recent years, with 11 goals and 14 assists in 18 games for PSG. He recently said this will "surely" be his final World Cup but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Where is the 2027 FIFA World Cup? ›

South Africa has hosted the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup and could use the infrastructure that was built for the tournament. In September 2022, South Africa announced its bid to host the 2027 women's edition.

Where can I watch sport for free? ›

Here is the list of sites to watch sports online for free:
  • Stream2Watch.
  • CrackStreams.
  • Fox Sports Go.
  • ESPN.
  • Vidgo.
  • FITE.
  • SportSurge.
  • Facebook Watch.
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What app can I watch live soccer for free? ›

[2022] 8 Best Football Streaming Apps for Android & iOS
  • ESPN ScoreCenter.
  • SuperSport Dstv Now App.
  • iFlix.
  • CBS Sports.
  • Live Soccer TV.
  • Live Football on TV.
  • Live NetTV.
  • AOS TV Live Sports.
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Is FOX Sports free? ›

Though free to download, the app does require a subscription with one of the pay TV providers listed above to stream live games, shows, and other sports content. How do I get the FOX Sports app? Download the FOX Sports app using one of the following devices: Android (app v5.1 and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or above)

Where can i stream World Games 2022? ›

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and the Birmingham Organizing Committee team up with the Olympic Channel Services (OCS), to stream The World Games 2022 (TWG) at Olympics.com in the USA from 7 – 17 July 2022.

Can I watch World Cup 2022 on Hulu? ›

Can I watch live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ in my area? Hulu with Live TV subscribers can watch coverage of World Cup games on Fox, FS1 and Telemundo.

How can I watch the World Cup on my phone? ›

How to watch World Cup 2022 on mobile phone
  1. Subscribe to VPN .
  2. Download & Install the app on your device.
  3. Connect to the UK server.
  4. Launch ITV/BBC iPlayer mobile app & watch the world cup.
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Which app will stream FIFA World Cup? ›

Where can I watch the FIFA World Cup in India? Television viewers can watch the action unfold on Sports 18 and Sports 18 HD, which is part of the Viacom Network 18 group. For mobile and laptop/tablet users, JioCinema will stream the matches live on their platform. Is this Cristiano Ronaldo's last World Cup?

Which channel can I watch World Cup? ›

And with FIFA 2022 World Cup just around the corner, you might be thinking about activating football channels on your Tata Play (Tata Sky) set-top box. You watch live football matches on Sony Ten 2 SD, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 1 SD and Sony Ten 1 HD.

Which channel will show football World Cup? ›

The broadcasting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been bought by Viacom Network 18 in India. As a result, all matches of Qatar 2022 will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD.

Is FIFA 22 free to download? ›

You can now download FIFA 22 for free on the PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox. Even if you haven't purchased the game yet, you will still be able to play EA FIFA 22.

How long is FIFA 22 free? ›

FIFA 22 Is Free With PS Plus. Playstation Plus members can get FIFA 22 for free. The latest part of the FIFA series is among Sonys free games for the month of May.

When was FIFA 23 release? ›

Can Muslims drink alcohol? ›

However, the dominant belief in Islam is that, not only is the consumption of alcohol in any of its forms forbidden, but Muslims should avoid even indirect association with alcohol.

Is all food halal in Qatar? ›

It's a Muslinm Country, everything is HALAL only, Ministry is very much strict in Food & Beverages. By bintabdulrahman• 13 years 9 months ago.

Can you drink in Dubai? ›

Alcohol. UAE Residents can drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues. Liquor licences are still required for Residents in Dubai but are no longer required for Residents in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates (save for Emirate of Sharjah) to purchase alcohol for personal consumption.

Is Bible allowed in Qatar? ›

The Government regulates the publication, importation, and distribution of non-Islamic religious literature. Individuals and religious institutions are allowed to import Bibles and other religious items for personal or congregational use.

Can unmarried couples live together in Qatar? ›

Any intimacy in public between men and women (including between teenagers) can lead to arrest. Living together whilst unmarried is prohibited in Qatar, and sex outside of marriage, regardless of whether this is same sex couples or opposite sex couples, is illegal.

What is punishable by death in Qatar? ›

Qatar retains the death penalty, primarily for espionage, or other threats against national security. Apostasy, same-sex intercourse, and blasphemy are also considered capital offences, but there have been no recorded applications of the death penalty for this charge.

Can I wear jeans in Qatar? ›

You can get away with wearing typical summer clothes, but keep in mind that the temperature can drop quite a lot during the colder nights. Make use of your jeans (leave the skinnies at home and opt for bootleg instead) and embrace wearing other kinds of trousers–the looser, the better.

Is pork allowed in Qatar? ›

Officials will confiscate items upon arrival and, if caught using one, you could face a prison term of six months to three years, according to Article 294 of Qatar's Penal Code. Taking pork or products containing pork into the country for personal use is illegal – and any items will be confiscated.

Can you smoke in Qatar? ›

Is smoking in public places allowed in Qatar? Smoking is legal in Qatar but, similar to the UK, is illegal in public spaces such as inside football stadiums and facilities. It is also prohibited to smoke in public spaces such as museums, shopping malls and restaurants and punishable by a considerable fine.

Who is televising the Qatar World Cup 2022? ›

$1 Billion: The rights fees Fox Sports and Telemundo are paying to broadcast and stream the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Fox paid about $425 million, while Telemundo ponied up about $600 million. The agreement includes the 2019 and the 2023 Women's World Cup as well as other FIFA global tournaments.

Who will broadcast Qatar 2022? ›

A total of 64 matches will be broadcast on FOX and FS1, with a Spanish simulcast also available on Telemundo and Universo. FOX will air 34 matches, including the final and the most important games of the tournament. So you can rest assured that you'll be watching the best that the competition has to offer.

Where can I watch the 2022 game? ›

The channels you'll need to watch NFL games

NFL action in 2022 will air across multiple networks and services, including marquee NFL broadcasters like Amazon Prime Video, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network.

How many countries play in FIFA World Cup? ›

The most prestigious tournament in the world.

Taking place quadrennially, the FIFA Men's World Cup™ sees 32 nations compete against each other for the prize.

How many countries are in the World Cup 2022? ›

The draw for the World Cup group phase took place in Doha, Qatar, on April 1 2022 to set the stage for the tournament. The final three qualification places were filled in June, with Wales, Australia and Costa Rica completing the 32-team line-up.

Is BTS coming to Qatar World Cup 2022? ›

BTS have announced Jung Kook will perform at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off at Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Nov. 20. He will perform during the soccer tournament's opening ceremony and will participate in the World Cup's accompanying soundtrack.

How much is a ticket for Qatar 2022? ›

Locals can get discount tickets, but for everyone else, group stage tickets cost between $70 and $220, and knockout matches between $600 and $1,600. Tickets are currently sold-out for most matches apart from a couple of group games. Far fewer tickets are available for Qatar 2022 than will be available for United 2026.

Why is Qatar 2022 being boycotted? ›

Giant banners declaring “Boycott Qatar 2022” have been a familiar sight at European grounds for months. Hosting the World Cup has put an unprecedented spotlight on Qatar's human rights record. Reports suggest migrant workers who constructed stadiums endured “persistent and widespread labour rights violations”.

How many teams are going to Qatar 2022? ›

The 2022 World Cup will begin with 32 teams in eight groups of four: Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands. Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales. Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

How can I watch live football on my phone for free? ›

[2021 Updated] Best 10 Football Live Streaming Apps for iOS and Android
  1. Sky Sports.
  2. CBS Sports.
  3. WatchESPN.
  4. Ustream.
  5. Livestream.
  6. Live Football TV.
  7. LaLiga Sports TV.
  8. Fubo TV.
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How do I watch the game? ›

The Game, a comedy drama series starring Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, and Adriyan Rae is available to stream now. Watch it on The Roku Channel or Paramount Plus on your Roku device.

What did Netflix remove 2022? ›

'Clueless,' 'Knight Rider,' and 'The Color Purple' are among the titles leaving Netflix in November 2022.

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