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INSIDE QATAR: FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures, venues and time (IST) and all you need to know

Unlike its predecessors, the 2022 World Cup will be a Winter World Cup, the weather conditions in Qatar during the summer being too extreme for football. It is only the second time that the tournament will be hosted in Asia, and the first in Middle East.

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The league football season will be halted midway for the international tournament. There have been concerns among the football community if that will affect the freshness with which the players generally arrived at the summit event previously when it was played at the end of the football season.

Costa Rica booked their flight to Qatar this winter after beating New Zealand 1-0 in their play off qualification. All 32 teams have been locked in for FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022.

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The 22nd edition of the tournament will also be the last to feature 32 teams with the next edition in 2026 having been announced as a 48-nation competition.

France won the last edition back in 2018 in Russia and were the sixth team to qualify for this year’s World Cup. Qatar were the first to make the list of the 32 countries, an automatic qualification for being the hosts.

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Here’s all you need to know about the competition later this year.

The 64 match competition shall be played across eight venues in Qatar. The tournament opener will be hosted at the Al Bayt Stadium whilst the largest of all eight venues, Lusail Stadium shall be the home for the final on December 18. Below is the list of all the stadiums, the number of matches they’ll host and their seating capacity.

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Venue No. of matches Capacity
Lusail Stadium, Lusail 10 80,000
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 9 60,000
Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 7 40,000
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 7 40,000
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha 8 40,000
Education City Stadium, Doha 8 40,000
Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud, Doha 7 40,000
Al Thumama Stadium, Doha 8 40,000

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups and Schedule

Senegal and the Netherlands will kick off the 2022 World Cup in the Group A fixture on Monday, November 21. England will play Iran in the Group B match on the opening day while hosts Qatar will also feature in their Group A game against Ecuador.

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Below are eight groups and the full list of the FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures, venues and timings (IST).

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands.

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Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

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Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

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Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

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Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

Group Stage Matches:

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November 21: Senegal vs Netherlands, 3:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

November 21: England vs Iran, 6:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 21: Qatar vs Ecuador, 9:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 22: USA vs Wales, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 22: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, 3:30 PM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

November 22: Denmark vs Tunisia, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 22: Mexico vs Poland, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 23: France vs Australia, 12:30 AM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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November 23: Morocco vs Croatia, 3:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 23: Germany vs Japan, 6:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 23: Spain vs Costa Rica, 9:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

November 24: Belgium vs Canada, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 24: Switzerland vs Cameroon, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 24: Uruguay vs South Korea, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 24: Portugal vs Ghana, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 25: Brazil vs Serbia, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 25: Wales vs Iran, 3:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 25: Qatar vs Senegal, 6:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 25: Netherlands vs Ecuador, 9:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 26: England vs USA, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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November 26: Tunisia vs Australia, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 26: Poland vs Saudi Arabia, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 26: France vs Denmark, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 27: Argentina vs Mexico, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 27: Japan vs Costa Rica, 3:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 27: Belgium vs Morocco, 6:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 27: Croatia vs Canada, 9:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 28: Spain vs Germany, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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November 28: Cameroon vs Serbia, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 28: South Korea vs Ghana, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 29: Portugal vs Uruguay, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 29: Netherlands vs Qatar, 8:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 29: Ecuador vs Senegal, 8:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 30: Wales vs England, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 30: Iran vs USA, 12:30 AM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 30: Tunisia vs France, 8:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 30: Australia vs Denmark, 8:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 1: Poland vs Argentina, 12:30 AM, Stadium 974, Doha.

December 1: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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December 1: Croatia vs Belgium, 8:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 1: Canada vs Morocco, 8:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 2: Japan vs Spain, 12:30 AM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 2: Costa Rica vs Germany, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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December 2: South Korea vs Portugal, 8:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay, 8:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 3: Cameroon vs Brazil, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 3: Serbia vs Switzerland, 12:30 AM, Stadium 974, Doha.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Knockout fixtures:

December 3: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 1: Winners Group A vs Runners-up Group; B Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 3: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 2: Winners Group C vs Runners-up Group; D Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 4: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 3: Winners Group D vs Runners-up Group C; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 4: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 4: Winners Group B vs Runners-up Group A; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 5: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 5: Winners Group E vs Runners-up Group F; Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 5: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 6: Winners Group G vs Runners-up Group H; Stadium 974, Doha.

December 6: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 7: Winners Group F vs Runners-up Group E; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 6: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 8: Winners Group H vs Runners-up Group G; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 9: 8:30 PM, Quarter-final 1: Winners Round of 16 – 5 vs Winners Round of 16 – 6; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 9: 10:30 PM, Quarter-final 2: Winners Round of 16 – 1 vs Winners of Round of 16 -2; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 10: 8:30 PM, Quarter-final 3: Winners Round of 16 – 7 vs Winners Round of 16 – 8; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 10: 10:30 PM, Quarter-final 4: Winners Round of 16 – 3 vs Winners Round of 16 – 4; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 13: 10:30 PM, Semi-final 1: Winners Quarterfinal 2 vs Winners Quarterfinal 1; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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December 14: 10:30 PM, Semi-final 2: Winners Quarterfinal 4 vs Winners Quarterfinal 3; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 14: 8:30 PM, Third place play-off: Losers Semifinal 1 vs Losers Semifinal 2; Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 18: 8:30 PM, Final: Winners Semifinal 1 vs Winners Semifinal 2; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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Stay away from alcohol and women this off-season – Kobby Mensah to Karela United players

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Head Coach of Karela United Bismark Kobby Mensah has advised his players to stay aware from alcohol and women among others this off-season.

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In an send off address to the team, Kobby Mensah charged them to be discipline as they go back to have their break before the football season resumes.

“The season has ended and as you head home, this is a time of rest not indiscipline. Not a time for food, alcohol and women. Time of rest, especially to players who stay up late on Tik Tok + other social media platforms.’

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Karela United finished the Ghana Premier League season as high as 4th on the table with 52 points.

The Ghana FA has announced September 9-12 as the kick-off date for the 2022-23 Ghana Premier League season.

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The new season will start on a Friday September 9 with matches played across the various league centers.

Fixtures for the new season will be released on Tuesday July 26, 2022 to enable clubs prepare adequately for the season.

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2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA Council gives approval for countries to present 26 players

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The Bureau of FIFA Council has given approval for qualified countries to proceed to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with 26 players.

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This is contained in an official communique published on the website of the world football government.

The squad size of 26 will be an increase from the usual 23-man squad used by national teams at the mundial in the past editions.

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Find more from the FIFA statement on the new amendment below:

The Bureau of the FIFA Council – composed of the FIFA President and the six confederation presidents – has addressed a number of key topics and taken the following decisions:

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73rd FIFA Congress

The 73rd FIFA Congress will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 16 March 2023. The 2023 FIFA presidential election will take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress, the call for which was approved by the FIFA Council during its meeting on 30 March 2022.

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Kigali already hosted a meeting of the FIFA Council in October 2018.

Amendments to the Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

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Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following: • The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55. • The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26. • The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022. • No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench.

Equipment Regulations for FIFA competitions

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Following an in-depth review of the 2015 edition of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which considered best practices in football and selected sports industry regulations, whilst also taking into account relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game and other FIFA regulations, the Bureau has decided to apply changes for the 2022 edition. The updated Equipment Regulations are available on FIFA.com.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™

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In December 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and appointed the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to host the competition in 2023. Following discussions with the PSSI, as well as consultations with all confederations, the Bureau has confirmed that the tournament will be played from 20 May to 11 June 2023.

Credit: FIFA

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AshGold’s Yaw Annor ranked 7th player with most Goals in World Football in 2022

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Ashanti Gold forward Yaw Annor has been named among players with most Goals so far in 2022.

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The winger is ranked 7th among a list of players around the World who have so far netted more goals for their Clubs.

Top on the list is PSG star Kylian Mbappe who is on 27 goals.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema follows with 25 goals.

Robert Lewandoski, Thiago Azulao and Germain Cano completes the top 5.

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Newly signed Bayern Munich and former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is 6th with 21 goals with Annor and Brazilian Hulk tied up with 20 goals each.

The Ghanaian has thus scored more goals in 2022 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jnr.

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Annor finished as the top scorer in the Ghana Premier League with 22 goals to his credit.

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