The 2022 Qatar World Cup will now get underneath approach a day earlier than initially scheduled with the host nation going through Ecuador within the opening match on Sunday, November 20.
The opening recreation of the tournament was because of see Senegal face the Netherlands at 1pm (10am GMT) on Monday November 21, however that fixture will now happen at 7pm (4pm GMT) on the identical date.
The World Cup’s opening ceremony has additionally been introduced ahead one day as a stand-alone occasion previous to Qatar going through Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, with a kick-off of 7pm (4pm GMT).
The change is in keeping with the long-standing custom of opening matches involving hosts or reigning champions.
A FIFA assertion launched on Thursday included: “The choice adopted an evaluation of the competitors and operational implications, in addition to a thorough session course of and an settlement with key stakeholders and the host nation.
“The launch interval, as beforehand determined and as ruled by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will stay unchanged, starting on 14 November 2022.
“Ticket holders will be duly notified by e-mail that the related matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will stay legitimate regardless of the brand new date/time.
“In addition, FIFA will seek to address any issues arising from this change in a case-by-case basis.”
Why solely now has this choice been made?
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The World Cup is going to start a day earlier, FIFA have just confirmed that. We told you yesterday (Wednesday) they were considering moving the start date of the World Cup. The FIFA bureau have met – that is effectively the FIFA cabinet, the seven most powerful people in world football.
“The president of FIFA and in addition the presidents of the six FIFA confederations, they usually have determined unanimously that, as a substitute of the World Cup beginning on Monday November 21 with the sport between Senegal and Holland, the tournament goes to start the day earlier than.
“Sunday November 20, the first game is going to be at 7pm between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador and we’re also going to have the opening ceremony before that game.
“It appeared a little bit of a unusual choice that the World Cup was because of start with a recreation between Senegal and Holland, and we weren’t going to have the opening ceremony till Qatar performed later that day.
“FIFA have decided that, logistically, they can make the World Cup start a day earlier.
“Of course it is very controversial that the World Cup is being held in the course of the season, so far as European soccer is worried, however FIFA are saying a regular World Cup takes 32 days however this World Cup was initially going to take 28 days.
“Now it’s going to take 29 days so it is still going to be a shorter World Cup. The other point to make is that this was a unanimous decision. Ecuador were playing the first game but the South American federation were in favour of it.
“Holland’s recreation is not going to be the primary recreation however UEFA are in favour of this variation as nicely. We sort of knew it was going to occur yesterday however individuals are nonetheless going to be sad in regards to the World Cup being held in winter.”