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Football World Cup Qatar 2022

The 2022 Football World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the international men's Football World Cup. The tournament will take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world, and it will be the second World Cup held in Asia after the 2002 tournament was hosted by South Korea and Japan.

Due to Qatar's intense summer heat, this Football World Cup will be held in the months of November to December, making it the first World Cup tournament not to be held in May, June, or July.

The first match played at the tournament will be played between Senegal and the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha. The football world cup final is due to be held on 18 December 2022, Qatar National Day. The reigning World Cup champions are France, who won the Football World Cup 2018 defeating Croatia by a margin of 4-2.

From tournament history, participating teams, key dates to match schedule, here's all you need to know about this year's Football world cup tournament and take part in the fantasy football league.

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2022 Football World Cup Schedule

This will be the first World Cup tournament to be held in the months of November to December unlike the usual months of May, June, or July. Qatar's intense summer heat makes it impossible to conduct the matches during the middle of the year period.

Teams Participating in the Football World Cup 2022

32 nations have qualified through the Football World Cup 2022 qualifiers to play at the 2022 Football World Cup, of which 24 countries have competed at the previous tournament in 2018. Qatar are the only team making their debut in this Football World Cup, becoming the first hosts to make their debut since Italy in 1934.

Canada makes a return after 36 long years, with their only prior appearance being in 1986. Wales makes their first appearance in 64 years, since their one and only previous participation in 1958.

2022 Football World Cup Groups

    • Group A
    • Group B
    • Group C
    • Group D
    • Group E
    • Group F
    • Group G
    • Group H
    • Qatar team icon


    • England team icon


    • Argentina team icon


    • France team icon


    • Spain team icon


    • Belgium team icon


    • Brazil team icon


    • Portugal team icon


    • Ecuador team icon


    • Iran team icon


    • Saudi Arabia team icon

      Saudi Arabia

    • Australia team icon


    • Costa Rica team icon

      Costa Rica

    • Canada team icon


    • Serbia team icon


    • Ghana team icon


    • Senegal team icon


    • USA team icon


    • Mexico team icon


    • Denmark team icon


    • Germany team icon


    • Morocco team icon


    • Switzerland team icon


    • Uruguay team icon


    • Netherlands team icon


    • Wales team icon


    • Poland team icon


    • Tunisia team icon


    • Japan team icon


    • Croatia team icon


    • Cameroon team icon


    • Korea Republic team icon

      Korea Republic

Venues For The Football World Cup 2022

64 Matches will take place across eight stadiums in Qatar: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.

Football World Cup Matches Kick Off Times

The first two rounds of matches will kick off at 3.30pm, 6.30pm, 9.30pm and 12.30pm IST (India Standard Time). The final round of group games and knockout-round matches have kick-off times of 8.30pm and 12.30am IST. The semi finals are scheduled to kick off at 12.30am Indian time while the 3rd place match and final is scheduled to kick off at 8.30pm Indian time.

Complete Match Schedule - Football World Cup 2022

Match Group Date Time Venue
Senegal team icon

Senegal vs. Netherlands

Netherlands team icon
Group A 21 Nov 3.30 PM Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
England team icon

England vs. Iran

Iran team icon
Group B 21 Nov 6.30 PM Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Qatar team icon

Qatar vs. Senegal

Senegal team icon
Group A 21 Nov 9.30 PM Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
USA team icon

USA vs. Wales

Wales team icon
Group B 22 Nov 12.30 AM Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Argentina team icon

Argentina vs. S. Arabia

Arabia team icon
Group C 22 Nov 3.30 PM Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Denmark team icon

Denmark vs. Tunisia

Tunisia team icon
Group D 22 Nov 6.30 PM Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Mexico team icon

Mexico vs. Poland

Poland team icon
Group C 22 Nov 9.30 PM Stadium 974, Doha
France team icon

France vs. Australia

Australia team icon
Group D 23 Nov 12.30 AM Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Football World Cup History

Overall, 79 countries have played in at least one World Cup. As of 2018, only Europe and South America countries have competed in a World Cup final. Six nations have won the final as host: Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina, and France. Two nations have lost the final as host: Brazil (1950) and Sweden (1958).

Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) are the only nations to have won consecutive World Cups. West Germany (1982 to 1990) and Brazil (1994 to 2002) are the only nations to appear in three consecutive World Cup finals. Germany has made the most top-four finishes (13), third-place finishes (4), as well as the most finals (8).

Netherlands have the most runner-up titles (3) without winning the World Cup trophy. Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden and Croatia are the other nations to participate in a final without winning.

List of Football World Cup Finals

Year Hosts Champions Runner-up Score
2018 Russia France Croatia 4–2
2014 Brazil Germany Argentina 1–0 (a.e.t.)
2010 South Africa Spain Netherlands 1–0 (a.e.t.)
2006 Germany Italy France 1–1 (a.e.t.) (5–3 pen.)
2002 Japan/South Korea Brazil Germany 2–0
1998 France France Brazil 3–0
1994 USA Brazil Italy 0–0 (a.e.t.) (3–2 pen.)

Football World Cup Winners List

As of 2018, the Football World Cup trophy has been won by eight nations. Brazil have won five times, and are the only team to have played in every edition of the tournament. Germany and Italy have won four titles each. Argentina, France, and Uruguay have two titles each while England and Spain have been World Cup winners once.

Team Winners Years won
Brazil 5 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Germany 4 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
Italy 4 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Argentina 2 1978, 1986
France 2 1998, 2018
Uruguay 2 1930, 1950
Spain 1 2010
England 1 1966

Football Rules

Football is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposition within a time limit of 90 minutes or more. If both teams have scored an equal number of goals, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout, depending upon the competition.

Football is played in accordance with a set of rules known as the Laws of the Game. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms during the game, except for the goalkeeper within the penalty area. Know in detail about all the football rules.

Fantasy Football Rules

Similar to fantasy cricket, fantasy football also requires you to create a team of 11 players (100 credits) out of which a maximum of 7 players are allowed from one team. But the categories here are different. Here we have a goal-keeper, defenders, midfielders, and forwards.

The scoring system in fantasy football works differently from fantasy cricket. There are goals instead of runs scored, tackles/assists instead of wickets taken, clean sheets instead of catches/stumpings/run-outs, negative points for disciplinary cards, etc. There are two disciplinary cards in football: Red and Yellow cards. Getting these disciplinary cards means negative points.

There are other ways of getting fantasy points apart from the ones mentioned above. Read the complete fantasy football points system.

Top Football Players to Watch Out in 2022 World Cup

There are many players who could be in the conversation for the best players in the world at the moment and one trophy that can certainly take them closer to that title is the Football World Cup.

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