FIFA moves World Cup start in Qatar up 1 day to Nov. 20
The surprise late switch was signed off by a FIFA committee comprising its president Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies. FIFA said the vote was unanimous.
Qatar to kick off World Cup as finals brought forward by one day
This year's World Cup in Qatar will start a day earlier than originally scheduled with the opening ceremony now taking place before the host nation kick off the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20 against Ecuador, world governing body FIFA said on Thursday.
World Cup set to start a day earlier than planned to allow Qatar to play in opener
Fifa expected to agree to proposal for change of dateSwitch would allow host nation to play in opening gameThe World Cup in Qatar will kick-off a day earlier than scheduled if Fifa’s ruling bureau agree to a plan to hold the opening ceremony and the host nation’s first match on Sunday 20 November.The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s game on 21 November against Ecuador - which created the unusual situation of t…
FIFA looks to start World Cup 1 day earlier so host Qatar's opening game can take spotlight
Host nation Qatar is set to play in the opening game of its own World Cup tournament after all — and on a stand-alone day being added to the schedule barely 100 days before kickoff.