[QFA] All ticket holders will be notified that the relevant matches have been rescheduled and that their tickets will be valid for the new date/time.
The region’s first FIFA World Cup for men will begin one day earlier than planned to allow the host nation to face Ecuador in the tournament’s opening match and grand opening ceremony.
The world’s governing body for football, FIFA, made the previously ‘circulating rumours’ official on Thursday, switching around several games just as the timeline reached the 100-day mark.
The tournament will now begin on November 20 rather than November 21, when three games were originally scheduled to begin.
The competition was supposed to begin with Senegal vs. the Netherlands. The opening spot, however, will now be taken by Qatar vs. Ecuador at 19:00 as part of a separate event.
The game will begin immediately following the grand opening ceremony of this year’s World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium, where millions will be watching from around the world.
“The FIFA World Cup 2022 will begin with an even greater celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador as part of a stand-alone event on Sunday, 20 November at 19:00,” FIFA said in a statement.
The decision will ensure “the continuity of a long-standing tradition” in which the host nation of the defending champions kicks off the first World Cup match.
According to the statement, it “followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.”
As a result of this change, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled for the evening of November 21. However, the release window for players remains unchanged.
Aside from the most recent change, the rest of the matches will begin as usual.
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