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 an even greater celebration for local and international fans as host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday, 20 November at 19:00 as part of a stand-alone event,” a press release from FIFA mentioned.
The choice will guarantee “the continuity of a long-standing tradition” during which the primary match of a World Cup options both the hosts or the defending champions.
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,” 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. Nevertheless, the discharge interval for gamers will stay unchanged, starting on November 14.
FIFA additionally famous that “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.”
A press release launched on Friday by the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy of the Qatar 2022 World Cup affirmed the host nation’s assist for the choice.
“The impact of this decision on fans was assessed by FIFA. We will work together to ensure a smooth tournament for the supporters affected by the change,” it mentioned.
“With 100 Days to Go, Qatar is ready. We look forward to welcoming the world for an historic edition of the FIFA World Cup.”
The event will now happen from November 20 to December 18.