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FIFA finally confirms Qatar v. Ecuador World Cup Opening match to kick off November 20

The decision 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.


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The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador, as well as the opening ceremony of this year’s World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium, have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today.

And so now the change will ensure the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup™ with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.

The decision 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.

Qatar v. Ecuador World Cup Opening match

The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on 14 November 2022.

Ticket holders will be duly notified by email that the relevant matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will remain valid irrespective of the new date/time.

In addition, FIFA will seek to address any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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