Doha: The draw for the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is set to take place in early April 2022 in Doha.
At that stage, not all of the 32 participants will be known, as the intercontinental play-offs will only take place in June, having been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opening match of Qatar 2022 will kick off on November 21, 2022, and the tournament in Qatar will feature the best footballing talent from around the world. It is set to be a unique event, giving fans the opportunity to discover the culture of Qatar. Moreover, during the group stage, the proximity of the venues will make it possible to attend more than one match in a day.
“We will enjoy being all together in one place,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “Fans will be treated to top-class football in eight state-of-the-art stadiums. We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring people from different backgrounds together.
“What I see here is a country that is preparing to welcome the whole world, and every fan, but also looking into where improvements are needed and taking real steps to do so in many different areas, particularly in relation to human rights and workers’ welfare.”