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Qatar2022: World Cup group stage draw just days away

WHEN IS THE WORLD CUP DRAW? 

The draw for the 2022 World Cup group stage will take place on April 1, 2022.

The Doha Exhibition and Convention Center will play host to the glitz and the glamour, and the event is scheduled to begin at 16:00hrs GMT. 

By the end of the week, 28 of the 32 teams in Qatar will have been confirmed.  

Then, the final three spots will be decided by the intercontinental play-offs in June, while the final European play-off final was delayed due to the war in Ukraine. 

WHEN DOES THE WORLD CUP START?   

The first group stage fixture later this year will be held on November 21. 

That game will feature hosts Qatar and another side from Group A, and will kick-off at 10:00hrs GMT.

The tournament will run over one month, with the final scheduled for December 18 and with a 6pm local time kick-off (12:00hrs GMT).

TOURNAMENT KEY DATES 

Group stage draw: April 1

Group stage: November 21 – December 2

Last-16 – December 3-6

Quarter-finals – December 9-10

Semi-finals – December 13-14

Final – December 18 

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