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FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November  20

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November  20

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November 20

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November 20

The host nation will play Ecuador in the opening match of the 2022 Qatar World Cup on Sunday, November 20, according to FIFA, which also revealed that the tournament will now begin one day earlier than initially planned.

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Senegal was scheduled to play the Netherlands in the tournament’s opening match at 1 pm (10 am GMT) on Monday, November 21, but that match will now take place at 7 pm (4 pm GMT) on the same day.

“The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational ramifications, as well as a comprehensive engagement process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” read a FIFA statement issued on Thursday.

“The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on 14 November 2022.

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November  20

“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 on a case-by-case basis.”

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“The World Cup is going to start a day earlier, FIFA has just confirmed that. We told you yesterday (Wednesday) that they were considering moving the start date of the World Cup. The FIFA bureau has met – that is effectively the FIFA cabinet, the seven most powerful people in world football.

“The president of FIFA and also the presidents of the six FIFA confederations, and have decided unanimously that, instead of the World Cup starting on Monday, November 21 with the game between Senegal and Holland, the tournament is going to start the day before.

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November  20

“Sunday, November 20, the first game is going to be at 7 pm between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador and we’re also going to have the opening ceremony before that game.

“It seemed a bit of a strange decision that the World Cup was due to start with a game between Senegal and Holland, and we weren’t going to have the opening ceremony until Qatar played later that day.

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“FIFA has decided that, logistically, they can make the World Cup start a day earlier.

“Of course, it’s very controversial that the World Cup is being held in the middle of the season, as far as European football is concerned, but FIFA are saying a normal World Cup takes 32 days but this World Cup was originally going to take 28 days.

FIFA Confirms The 2022 World Cup In Qatar Will Begin 1 Day Sonner Than Originally Scheduled On November  20

“Now it’s going to take 29 days so it is still going to be a shorter World Cup. The other point to make is that this was a unanimous decision. Ecuador was playing the first game but the South American federation was in favor of it.

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“Holland’s game is now not going to be the first game but UEFA is in favour of this change as well. We kind of knew it was going to happen yesterday but people are still going to be unhappy about the World Cup being held in winter.”


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