The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off with an even greater celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday, November 20 at 19:00 local time as part of a stand-alone event.
The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today. Consequently, the encounter between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 13:00 to 19:00 on Monday, November 21.
The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.
The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.
The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on November 14, 2022. Ticket holders will be duly notified by email that the relevant matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will remain valid irrespective of the new date/time. In addition, FIFA will seek to address any issues arising from this change in a case-by-case basis.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar match schedule, as well as the competition regulations, have been amended accordingly.