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What times will the FIFA World Cup games start in Europe

November 11, 2022 By Michelle Bonsu
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be taking place in Qatar, which means that fans in Europe will need to set their clocks accordingly so as not to miss out.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, meaning that the four year wait fans have been enduring since 2018 is nearly at an end.

32 teams will be featuring in the event, with reigning champions France aiming to become the third side in history after Italy and Brazil to win back to back titles. Meanwhile, England, after their unfortunate EURO 2020 defeat to Italy, will perhaps be inspired by the women's triumph at the Women's EURO and end their own long wait for a title. Other teams, like Spain and Germany, who won the World Cup in 2010 and 2014 respectively, will hope for redemption after suffering the winner's curse in prior competitions, while time is running out for Belgium's "Golden Generation" to finally win a major title. 

Last but not least, other teams, like Denmark, Portugal, and the Netherlands will aim to make their marks, while Croatia will be desperate to prove that their shock run to the 2018 finals was not just a fluke. Other sides, like Switzerland and Serbia will seek to prove they are not just there to make a cursory appearance, while Wales and Poland will be heavily dependent on their superstars Gareth Bale and Robert Lewandowski to try to go as far in the World Cup as possible.  

With the upcoming World Cup taking place in Qatar, fans in Europe will need to plan accordingly so as not to miss out on the action. Live Soccer TV has you covered, and below you will find all the necessary information to follow the matches, depending on where you are based in Europe.

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages begin in Europe?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage matches will begin on November 20th, with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador, and conclude December 2nd. The opening match will kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET.

For fans in Europe, group stage matches between November 21st and December 2nd will have varying kick off times, with kick offs for the first two matchdays at 10.00 GMT/11.00 CET, 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET, 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET, and 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET. The final group stage matchdays will kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET and 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET.

Here is the schedule of games with times shown in both GMT (for those in the UK and Portugal) and CET (France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, etc).

*Matches featuring UEFA sides 

Sunday, November 20th - Qatar vs Ecuador - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET

Monday, November 21st - England vs Iran - kick off at 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET*

Monday, November 21st - Senegal vs Netherlands - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Monday, November 21st - USA vs Wales - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Tuesday, November 22nd - Denmark vs Tunisia - kick off at 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET*

Tuesday, November 22nd - Mexico vs Poland - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Tuesday, November 22nd - France vs Australia - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 23rd - Morocco vs Croatia - kick off at 10.00 GMT/11.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 23rd - Germany vs Japan - kick off at 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 23rd - Spain vs Costa Rica - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 23rd - Belgium vs Canada - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Thursday, November 24th -  Switzerland vs Cameroon - kick off at 10.00 GMT/11.00 CET*

Thursday, November 24th -  Portugal vs Ghana - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Thursday, November 24th -  Brazil vs Serbia - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Friday, November 25th - Wales vs Irankick off at 10.00 GMT/11.00 CET*

Friday, November 25th - Netherlands vs Ecuador - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Friday, November 25th - England vs USA - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Saturday, November 26th - Poland vs Saudi Arabia - kick off at 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET*

Saturday, November 26th - France vs Denmark - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Sunday, November 27th - Belgium vs Morocco - kick off at 13.00 GMT/14.00 CET*

Sunday, November 27th - Croatia vs Canada - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Sunday, November 27th - Spain vs Germany -  kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Monday, November 28th - Cameroon vs Serbia - kick off at 10.00 GMT/11.00 CET*

Monday, November 28th - Brazil vs Switzerland - kick off at 16.00 GMT/17.00 CET*

Monday, November 28th - Portugal vs Uruguay - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Tuesday, November 29th - Netherlands vs Qatar - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET*

Tuesday, November 29th - Wales vs England - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 30th - Australia vs Denmark - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 30th - Tunisia vs France - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET*

Wednesday, November 30th - Poland vs Argentina - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Thursday, December 1st - Croatia vs Belgium - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET*

Thursday, December 1st - Costa Rica vs Germany - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Thursday, December 1st - Japan vs Spain - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

Friday, December 2nd - Korea vs Portugal - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET*

Friday, December 2nd - Serbia vs Switzerland - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET*

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup round of 16 begin in Europe?

After the group stages, the round of 16 will run from December 3rd to December 6th. Matches will either kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET or 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET.

Here's the schedule of round of 16 matches for fans based in Europe.

Saturday, December 3rd - 1st in Group A vs 2nd in Group B - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Saturday, December 3rd - 1st in Group C vs 2nd in Group D - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

Sunday, December 4th - 1st in Group D vs 2nd in Group C - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Sunday, December 4th - 1st in Group B vs 2nd in Group A - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

Monday, December 5th - 1st in Group E vs 2nd in Group F - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Monday, December 5th - 1st in Group G vs 2nd in Group H - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

Tuesday, December 6th - 1st in Group F vs 2nd in Group E - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Tuesday, December 6th - 1st in Group H vs 2nd in Group G - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals begin in Europe?

Following the conclusion of the round of 16, the quarter-finals will run from December 9th to December 10th. Matches will either kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET or 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET.

Here's the schedule of quarter-finals matches for fans based in Europe.

Friday, December 9th - Quarter Final #1 - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Friday, December 9th - Quarter Final #2 - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

Saturday, December 10th - Quarter Final #3 - kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET

Saturday, December 10th - Quarter Final #4 - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals begin in Europe?

After the quarter-finals have reached their conclusion, it's now onto the semi-finals, which will start on December 13th and finish on December 14th. Both matches will kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET.

Here's the schedule of semi-finals matches for fans based in Europe.

Tuesday, December 13th - Semi Final #1 - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

Wednesday, December 14th - Semi Final #2 - kick off at 19.00 GMT/20.00 CET

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup third place match begin in Europe?

The third place match will kick off at 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET on Saturday, December 17th.

What time will the 2022 FIFA World Cup final begin in Europe?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup final will take place on Sunday, December 18th, with a kick-off time of 15.00 GMT/16.00 CET.

*For more information regarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including where to watch other non-UEFA games, news, highlights, and more, check out our bespoke World Cup broadcast page. 


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