FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 schedule: Complete match dates, times, knockout bracket, results,  and fixtures schedule for the tournament

The 2022 FIFA World Cup closed with a bang as Argentina claimed their first title since 1986 with a penalty shootout victory over France which many are calling the greatest men’s World Cup game in history.

It featured two goals by Lionel Messi, a hat-trick for Golden Boot winner Kylian Mbappe, two dramatic French comebacks, and a spectacular save by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez that foiled a late French winner at the end of extra time.


In the shootout, Argentina were perfect from the spot, while France failed to convert two, and the Albiceleste claimed the cup.

Meanwhile, Croatia beat surprise side Morocco in the third-place consolation match. It’s the third time in six participations in the FIFA World Cup that the small European country finished among the top three.

World Cup 2022 tournament format

The 2022 World Cup followed along the lines of recent editions, with a 32-team group stage that whittled the field down to 16 teams — only the top two teams from each of the eight groups survived.

Those 16 group-stage qualifiers advanced to the single-elimination knockout stages — Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final — where the winner moved on and the loser went home. There had to be a winner on the day for every knockout-round match, and the extra time and penalty kicks were used, if necessary, to determine the victor.

What time did the World Cup games start in Qatar?

There were up to four matches daily during the group stage with simultaneous matches held on the final day of the group-stage phase for competitive integrity. Throughout the knockout rounds, there were only a maximum of two matches per day up to and including the quarterfinals. There was only one featured contest in the final four matchdays that remained (two semifinal dates, third-place, and the final).

Every time zone in the world got a chance to watch matches at decent times throughout their day, which was great for football fans. Here’s a breakdown of how the local kickoff times in Qatar translate across various regions around the world.

World Cup 2022 kickoff times

USA & Canada
Group stage only1 p.m.5 a.m.10 a.m.9 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Group stage only4 p.m.8 a.m.1 p.m.12 a.m.6:30 p.m.
Knockouts only6 p.m.10 a.m.3 p.m.2 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Group stage only7 p.m.11 a.m.4 p.m.3 a.m.9:30 p.m.
Group/Knockouts10 p.m.2 p.m.7 p.m.6 a.m.12:30 a.m.

Complete World Cup 2022 match schedule

Here’s the updated knockout round bracket. The final group stage standings follow at the end of this post.


Complete FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Schedule - Updated

World Cup Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 3Netherlands 3, USA 1Highlights
Sat, Dec. 3Argentina 2, Australia 1Highlights
Sun, Dec. 4France 3, Poland 1Highlights
Sun, Dec. 4England 3, Senegal 0Highlights
Mon, Dec. 5Japan 1, Croatia 1 (1-3 pens)Highlights
Mon, Dec. 5Brazil 4, South Korea 1Highlights
Tues, Dec. 6Morocco 0, Spain 0 (3-0 pens)Highlights
Tues, Dec. 6Portugal 6, Switzerland 1Highlights

World Cup Quarterfinals

Fri, Dec. 9Croatia 1, Brazil 1
(Croatia win 4-2 on pens)
Fri, Dec. 9Netherlands 2, Argentina 2
(Argentina win 4-3 on pens)
Sat, Dec. 10Morocco 1, Portugal 0Highlights
Sat, Dec. 10England 1, France 2Highlights

World Cup Semifinals

Tues, Dec. 13Argentina 3, Croatia 0Highlights
Wed, Dec. 14France 2, Morocco 0Highlights

World Cup 3rd Place

Sat, Dec. 17Croatia 2, Morocco 1Highlights

World Cup Final

Sun, Dec. 18Argentina 3, France 3
(Argentina win 4-2 on pens)


World Cup 2022 group stage

World Cup Group A table & fixtures

1. Netherlands-Q7320151+4
2. Senegal-Q6321054+1
3. Ecuador-E4311143+1
4. Qatar-E0303017-6

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group A match schedule

Sun, Nov. 20Qatar 0, Ecuador 2HIGHLIGHTS
Mon, Nov. 21Senegal 0, Netherlands 2HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Nov. 25Qatar 1, Senegal 3HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Nov. 25Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1HIGHLIGHTS
Tues, Nov. 29Netherlands 2, Qatar 0HIGHLIGHTS
Tues, Nov. 29Ecuador 1, Senegal 2HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group B table & fixtures

1. England-Q7320192+7
2. USA-Q5310221+1
3. Iran-E3312047-3
4. Wales-E1302116-5

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group B match schedule

Mon, Nov. 21England 6, Iran 2HIGHLIGHTS
Mon, Nov. 21USA 1, Wales 1HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Nov. 25Wales 0, Iran 2HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Nov. 25England 0, USA 0HIGHLIGHTS
Tues, Nov. 29Wales 0, England 3HIGHLIGHTS
Tues, Nov. 29Iran 0, USA 1HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group C table & fixtures

1. Argentina-Q6321052+3
2. Poland-Q43111220
3. Mexico-E4311123-1
4. Saudi Arabia-E3312035-2

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group C match schedule

Tues, Nov. 22Argentina 2, S. Arabia 1HIGHLIGHTS
Tues, Nov. 22Mexico 0, Poland 0HIGHLIGHTS
Sat, Nov. 26Poland 2, S. Arabia 0HIGHLIGHTS
Sat, Nov. 26Argentina 2, Mexico 0HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 30Poland 0, Argentina 2HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 30S. Arabia 1, Mexico 2HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group D table & fixtures

1. France-Q6321063+3
2. Australia-Q6321014-1
3. Tunisia-E43111110
4. Denmark-E1302113-2

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group D match schedule

Tue, Nov. 22Denmark 0, Tunisia 0HIGHLIGHTS
Tue, Nov. 22France 4, Australia 1HIGHLIGHTS
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia 0, Australia 1HIGHLIGHTS
Sat, Nov. 26France 2, Denmark 1HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 30Tunisia 1, France 0HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 30Australia 1, Denmark 0HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group E table & fixtures

1. Japan-Q6321043+1
2. Spain-Q4311193+6
3. Germany-E4311165+1
4. Costa Rica-E33120311-8

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group E schedule, results

Wed, Nov. 23Germany 1, Japan 2HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 23Spain 7, Costa Rica 0HIGHLIGHTS
Sun, Nov. 27Japan 0, Costa Rica 1HIGHLIGHTS
Sun, Nov. 27Spain 1, Germany 1HIGHLIGHTS
Thu, Dec. 1Japan 2, Spain 1HIGHLIGHTS
Thu, Dec. 1Costa Rica 2, Germany 4HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group F table & fixtures

1. Morocco-Q7320141+3
2. Croatia-Q5310241+3
3. Belgium-E4311112-1
4. Canada-E0303027-5

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

Group F match schedule

Wed, Nov. 23Morocco 0, Croatia 0HIGHLIGHTS
Wed, Nov. 23Belgium 1, Canada 0HIGHLIGHTS
Sun, Nov. 27Belgium 0, Morocco 2HIGHLIGHTS
Sun, Nov. 27Croatia 4, Canada 1HIGHLIGHTS
Thurs, Dec. 1Croatia 0, Belgium 0HIGHLIGHTS
Thurs, Dec. 1Canada 1, Morocco 2HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group G table & fixtures

1. Brazil-Q6321031+2
2. Switzerland-Q6321043+1
3. Cameroon-E43111440
4. Serbia-E1302158-3

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

NOTE: Brazil edged out Switzerland for first place based on the first tiebreaker (goal difference) with +2 vs. +1 for Switzerland.

Group G schedule, results

Thu, Nov. 24Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0HIGHLIGHTS
Thu, Nov. 24Brazil 2, Serbia 0HIGHLIGHTS
Mon, Nov. 28Cameroon 3, Serbia 3HIGHLIGHTS
Mon, Nov. 28Brazil 1, Switzerland 0HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Dec. 2Cameroon 1, Brazil 0HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Dec. 2Serbia 2, Switzerland 3HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup Group H table & fixtures

1. Portugal-Q6321064+2
2. S. Korea-Q43111440
3. Uruguay-E43111220
4. Ghana-E3312057-2

Q = Qualified to Round of 16

= Eliminated

NOTE: South Korea claim goals scored tiebreaker (second tiebreaker) over Uruguay (4 goals to 2).

Group H schedule, results

Thu, Nov. 24Uruguay 0, S. Korea 0HIGHLIGHTS
Thu, Nov. 24

Portugal 3, Ghana 2

Mon, Nov. 28S. Korea 2, Ghana 3HIGHLIGHTS
Mon, Nov. 28Portugal 2, Uruguay 0HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Dec. 2S. Korea 2, Portugal 1HIGHLIGHTS
Fri, Dec. 2Ghana 0, Uruguay 2HIGHLIGHTS


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