Following a unanimous determination by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, the match 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 excellent larger 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,” an announcement from FIFA stated.
The choice will guarantee “the continuity of a long-standing custom” during 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 an intensive 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 towards 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 can be duly notified by e mail that the related matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will stay legitimate regardless of the brand 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 impression of this determination on followers was assessed by FIFA. We are going to work collectively to make sure a clean match for the supporters affected by the change,” it stated.
“With 100 Days to Go, Qatar is prepared. We sit up for welcoming the world for an historic version of the FIFA World Cup.”
The match will now happen from November 20 to December 18.