FIFA confirmed the Fifa 2022 match schedule in July 2020. The group stage was scheduled to begin on November 21st, with four matches per day. After Qatar successfully lobbied FIFA to allow their team to open the tournament, the schedule was later tweaked by moving the Qatar vs Ecuador game to November 20. The final will take place on National Day, December 18, 2022, at Lusail Iconic Stadium. Following the draw, FIFA confirmed the group stage venue and kickoff times for 1 April 2022. On August 11, it was announced that Qatar vs. Ecuador had been moved up one day, becoming the tournaments opening match, while Senegal vs. Netherlands, which would have opened the tournament under the original schedule, had been reallocated.