The 2022 World Cup will reportedly now start one day earlier than originally planned, with Qatar vs Ecuador set to be the opening game of the tournament. Subject to final confirmation, that match will take place on Sunday 20 November, having previously been scheduled for Monday 21 November.
There are reports from major sports platforms that the body is looking to move the date from November 21st, 2022 to November 20th, 2022 which will allow the host nation to play the first game. FIFA is yet to make an official statement as it concerns the rumour that is making the rounds.
The opening fixture of the competition, according to the fixtures calendar that was released by FIFA is a game between Africa Champions, Senegal and the European side, the Netherlands. If FIFA confirms the news that means Qatar will play Ecuador in the opening group game on Sunday, November 20th, 2022.
FIFA will move the World Cup to start a day earlier, on November 20 instead of November 21, so that host nation Qatar can play first, per multiple reports pic.twitter.com/UhOrFAtmOI
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