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FIFA confirm new fixture will act as 2022 World Cup opener

The decision has been made for the tournament to be brought forward by 24 hours


Plans for the opening fixture of the 2022 World Cup have been altered, it has been confirmed.

The attentions of the football world, of course, are set to turn towards Qatar in just a couple of months’ time.

This comes with the grandest stage in international football primed to play out in the Middle East, as part of a first-ever winter-time World Cup.

Excitement, in turn, has long been building when it comes to the prospect of the tournament kicking into gear.

And now, as alluded to above, a major update on precisely that has been unveiled.

The info comes courtesy of competition organizers FIFA, who have confirmed that a new fixture has been chosen to kick the World Cup into gear.

Previously, it was announced that the Netherlands and Senegal would be granted the honour of playing out the opening game of the tournament.

On Thursday, though, the decision to begin the festivities in Qatar a day early has been confirmed, after a unanimous agreement was reached between all FIFA federations.

In turn, the tournament’s hosts will instead kick things off, in a meeting with Ecuador on November 20th.

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Conor Laird

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