FIFA 2022 World Cup will start earlier than scheduled: Reports

FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup. (Courtesy: AP)
FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup. (Image Courtesy: AP)

Reuters reported on Wednesday, August 10 that the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is anticipated to start one day earlier than scheduled. With only a few months until the event, the organising committee is thinking about moving the opening games in order to avoid the unique circumstance of having two matches take place before the ceremony.

The tournament was originally scheduled to begin on November 21 with matches between Senegal and the Netherlands and England and Iran. Following those matches, the opening ceremony would have taken place before the host nation’s group stage match.

The alterations will only be made if FIFA’s governing body concurs with a schedule calling for the opening ceremony and the opening match for the host nation to take place on Sunday, November 20.

Despite the late notice, the plan is set to be approved by the presidents of FIFA’s six regional confederations and Gianni Infantino, according to a Reuters report.

The decision to move the host nation game and opening ceremony to November 20 would allow the Senegal vs. Netherlands match, which was originally slated to start at 1 PM local time on November 21, to start later in the day.

For a few of this generation’s legends, this FIFA World Cup may be their final appearance. Once more vying for this elusive international prize will be Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Gareth Bale.

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