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The biggest sporting event of the year is set to begin on Sunday (November 20), when hosts Qatar face Ecuador in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. The host country is the first in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup, and they have spent a significant amount of money to do so. Qatar is in Group A with Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands.
The 22nd FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be hosted by an Arab country, beginning on November 20, 2022. Thirty-two teams will compete for the most coveted prize in international football, with the final set for December 18 at the Lusail stadium, the largest of the eight stadiums hosting the World Cup.
France will begin the tournament as the defending champion, having won its second World Cup in Russia in 2018. The FIFA World Cup is arguably the most important global sporting event, and it will be broadcast worldwide. Here are the times and locations where you can watch the World Cup.
The first match of the FIFA Mens World Cup takes place at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Qatar local time (11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT). The final game is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2022.
The tournament was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, November 21, with the opening match between Senegal and the Netherlands, but the schedule raised eyebrows because, traditionally, the host nation plays in the first game (before that, the defending champions played in the first game), so it was changed in August.
The group stage matches begin at a variety of times. The first game begins at 3:30 PM IST, followed by 6:30 PM IST, 8:30 PM IST, 9:30 PM IST, and 12:30 AM IST (the next day).
The round of 16 and quarterfinal matches in the knockout stages will begin at 8:30 PM IST and 10:30 PM IST, respectively. Meanwhile, the semifinals begin at 10:30 p.m. IST. At 8:30 p.m. IST, the third-place play-off and final will begin.
In India, all FIFA World Cup 2022 matches will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels. Users must subscribe to the channels through their respective DTH providers.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 live streaming will be free on the Jio Cinema app and website. Jio Cinema will provide live streaming of FIFA World Cup 2022 matches, highlights, and other content in five languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bengali.