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2022 FIFA World Cup schedule: Start times for every match in Australian time

The World Cup offers Australian football a chance to build momentum (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The first match of the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup will kick-off at 9pm (AEDT) on Monday, November 21, 2022. The tournament is being hosted by Qatar and will conclude with the final at 2am (AEDT) on Monday, December 19.

The fixtures were drawn on 1st April 2022 where 32 qualifiers were divided into their eight groups.

The World Cup sees the 32 teams divided into eight groups of four, with each side playing three matches against the other opponents in their group.

The top two teams from each of the eight groups at the end of the first stage advanced to the Round of 16.

From there, it’s straight knockout – eight winners advancing to the quarter-finals, then the four winners to the semi-finals, before the final.

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Complete World Cup 2022 match schedule

Group A match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21Senegal vs. Netherlands9:00pmAl Thumama
Tue, Nov. 22Qatar vs. Ecuador3:00amAl Bayt
Sat, Nov. 26Qatar vs. Senegal12:00amAl Thumama
Sat, Nov. 26Netherlands vs. Ecuador3:00amKhalifa Int’l
Wed, Nov. 30Netherlands vs. Qatar2:00amAl Bayt
Wed, Nov. 30Ecuador vs. Senegal2:00amKhalifa Int’l

Group B match schedule

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DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22England vs. Iran12:00amKhalifa Int’l
Tue, Nov. 22USA vs. Wales6:00amAhmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25Wales vs. Iran9:00pmAhmad Bin Ali
Sat, Nov. 26England vs. USA6:00amAl Bayt
Wed, Nov. 30Wales vs. England6:00amAhmad Bin Ali
Wed, Nov. 30Iran vs. USA6:00amAl Thumama 

Group C match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia9:00amLusail
Wed, Nov. 23Mexico vs. Poland3:00amStadium 974
Sun, Nov. 27Poland vs. Saudi Arabia12:00amEducation City
Sun, Nov. 27Argentina vs. Mexico6:00amLusail
Thur, Dec. 1Poland vs. Argentina6:00amStadium 974
Thur, Dec. 1Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico6:00amLusail
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Group D match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Denmark vs. Tunisia12:00amEducation City
Wed, Nov. 23France vs. Australia6:00amAl Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia vs. Australia9:00pmAl Janoub
Sun, Nov. 27France vs. Denmark3:00amStadium 974
Thur, Dec. 1Tunisia vs. France2:00amEducation City
Thur, Dec. 1Australia vs. Denmark2:00amAl Janoub

Group E match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Thur, Nov. 24Germany vs. Japan12:00amKhalifa Int’l
Thur, Nov. 24Spain vs. Costa Rica3:00amAl Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Japan vs. Costa Rica9:00pmAhmad Bin Ali
Mon, Nov. 28Spain vs. Germany6:00amAl Bayt
Fri, Dec. 2Japan vs. Spain6:00amKhalifa Int’l
Fri, Dec. 2Costa Rica vs. Germany6:00amAl Bayt
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Group F match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Morocco vs. Croatia9:00pmAl Bayt
Thur, Nov. 24Belgium vs. Canada6:00amAhmad Bin Ali
Mon, Nov. 28Belgium vs. Morocco12:00amAl Thumama
Mon, Nov. 28Croatia vs. Canada3:00amKhalifa Int’l
Fri, Dec. 2Croatia vs. Belgium2:00amAhmad Bin Ali
Fri, Dec. 2Canada vs. Morocco2:00amAl Thumama

Group G match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Switzerland vs. Cameroon9:00pmAl Janoub
Fri, Nov. 25Brazil vs. Serbia6:00amLusail
Mon, Nov. 28Cameroon vs. Serbia9:00pmAl Janoub
Tue, Nov. 29Brazil vs. Switzerland3:00amStadium 974
Sat, Dec. 3Cameroon vs. Brazil6:00amLusail
Sat, Dec. 3Serbia vs. Switzerland6:00amStadium 974
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Group H match schedule

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Fri, Nov. 25Uruguay vs. South Korea12:00amEducation City
Fri, Nov. 25Portugal vs. Ghana3:00amStadium 974
Tue, Nov. 29South Korea vs. Ghana12:00amEducation City
Tue, Nov. 29Portugal vs. Uruguay6:00amLusail
Sat, Dec. 3South Korea vs. Portugal2:00amEducation City
Sat, Dec. 3Ghana vs. Uruguay2:00amAl Janoub

World Cup Round of 16

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 41A vs. 2B2:00amKhalifa Int’l
Sun, Dec. 41C vs. 2D6:00amAhmad Bin Ali
Mon, Dec. 51D vs. 2C2:00amAl Thumama
Mon, Dec. 51B vs. 2A6:00amAl Bayt
Tue, Dec. 61E vs. 2F2:00amAl Janoub
Tue, Dec. 61G vs. 2H6:00amStadium 974
Wed, Dec. 71F vs. 2E2:00amEducation City
Wed, Dec. 71H vs. 2G6:00amLusail

World Cup Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 10QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H2:00amEducation City
Sat, Dec. 10QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D6:00amLusail
Sun, Dec. 11QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G2:00amAl Thumama
Sun, Dec. 11QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C6:00amAl Bayt

World Cup Semifinals

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Wed, Dec. 14QF2 vs. QF16:00amLusail
Thur, Dec. 15QF4 vs. QF36:00amAl Bayt

World Cup 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal losers2:00amKhalifa Int’l

World Cup Final

DateMatchTime (AEDT)Stadium
Mon, Dec. 19Semifinal winners2:00amLusail

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