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Four games a day at 2022 WC in Qatar

  • Published at 02:15 pm July 15th, 2020
Football

The early games will kickoff at 1300 local (1000GMT) with the fourth match starting at 2200 local (1900GMT) and finishing just before midnight

World Cup fans will be able to watch an unprecedented four games a day on television, spread out over 11 hours, during the group stage of the Qatar 2022 tournament after the schedule was confirmed Wednesday.

With the relatively short travel distances for the venues in and around Doha, it could be possible for fans who travel to the 32-team tournament to attend multiple games each day.

The early games will kickoff at 1300 local (1000GMT) with the fourth match starting at 2200 local (1900GMT) and finishing just before midnight.

The tournament's opening game on Nov. 21, will be at the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium, with its distinctive "tent" style covering.

The final on Dec. 18 will be held at the 80,000 Lusail Stadium, which, like Al Bayt, will also host a semi-final.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will wait until the draw for the tournament is held in March or April of 2022 before assigning specific games to venues and time-slots. 

That will enable them to better align games with time zones for domestic television partners of the competing teams.

The tournament was switched from it's usual June-July slot due to the heat in the Gulf state and is the first that will be held in the middle of the European season.

Nasser al Khater, CEO of the Qatar World Cup organizing company, said plans for the tournament were well on schedule with 90% of the work finished on roads and infrastructure.

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