With three months to go FIFA before the kick off of the World Cup, FIFA has formally brought forward the tournament by one day and given hosts Qatar an exclusive Sunday evening slot with a global audience.
Hosts to kick off World Cup a day earlier in exclusive slot
The 2022 World Cup will start a day earlier than planned with hosts Qatar playing Ecuador on Sunday, November 20 at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.
The Group A match and opening ceremony have been brought forward as a stand-alone event, FIFA has confirmed.
With the tournament kick off now 101 days away, the decision stretches the tournament to 29 days from the 28 agreed seven years ago after a June-July tournament was pushed back to avoid the searing summer desert heat of Qatar.
The late switch was signed off by a FIFA committee comprising its president Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies. FIFA said the vote was unanimous.