Following a unanimous determination by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, the event will now start on November 20 as an alternative of November 21 when three video games had been scheduled, with Senegal vs. the Netherlands beforehand set to open the occasion.
“The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off with a fair higher celebration for native and worldwide followers as host nation Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday, 20 November at 19:00 as a part of a stand-alone occasion,” a press release from FIFA mentioned.
The choice will guarantee “the continuity of a long-standing custom” through which the primary match of a World Cup options both the hosts or the defending champions.
It “adopted an evaluation of the competitors and operational implications, in addition to a radical session course of and an settlement with key stakeholders and the host nation,” the assertion continued.
As a consequence of this transfer, Senegal’s match in opposition to the Netherlands has been rescheduled from the afternoon to the night of November 21. Nonetheless, the discharge interval for gamers will stay unchanged, starting on November 14.
FIFA additionally famous that “ticket holders will likely be duly notified by e-mail that the related matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will stay legitimate no matter the brand new date/time.”
An announcement launched on Friday by the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy of the Qatar 2022 World Cup affirmed the host nation’s help for the choice.
“The influence of this determination on followers was assessed by FIFA. We’ll work collectively to make sure a clean event for the supporters affected by the change,” it mentioned.
“With 100 Days to Go, Qatar is prepared. We stay up for welcoming the world for an historic version of the FIFA World Cup.”
The event will now happen from November 20 to December 18.