World Cup 2022: Dates, qualifying fixtures and how to get tickets

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England may have suffered heartbreak in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday night, but now all eyes will turn to the World Cup in Qatar next year.

The tournament will take place in Qatar, with 32 teams all vying for glory and the chance to call themselves World Champions.

France will head to the Middle East as holders, but England will be one of the favourites after reaching the final of Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate’s side then suffered a painful defeat to Italy on penalties at Wembley Stadium.


When is the Qatar World Cup?

World Cups usually take place in the summer but, due to the extreme heat in Qatar, next year’s one will not.

Instead the finals will be held from November 21 to December 18. This will be the first ever ‘winter World Cup’.

Temperatures in Qatar will still be hot, around 25 to 30 degrees, but they will be nowhere the possible 45 to 50 degrees a June World Cup would bring.

Matches are due to take place across eighth venues in five host cities.

The competition is set to get underway on November 21 2022. (Getty Images for Supreme Committ)
The competition is set to get underway on November 21 2022. (Getty Images for Supreme Committ)

When are the World Cup qualifying group matches?

Matchday 1-3: March 2021

Matchday 4-6: September 2021

Matchday 7-8: October 2021

Matchday 9-10: November 2021

Playoffs: March 2022

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Who are in England’s qualifying group?

England have been drawn alongside Albania, Andorra, Hungary, Poland and San Marino in Group I of qualifying.

They have made the perfect start, winning all three of their opening games so far.

The group winners will qualify automatically for the World Cup, while the runners-up will enter the play-offs.

The qualifiers will take place between March and November 2021, with the play-offs scheduled for March 2022.

England are next in action when they take on Hungary on September 2 and Andorra on September 5.


How do I get tickets?

Tickets are not on sale yet but will, as ever, be available through the Fifa website.

With qualification concluding in November, a December sale date is likely.

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