The World Cup is set to start one day earlier than planned


On 21 November at 16:00 GMT, the Group A opener was due to be played, as the third match of the competition.

Earlier on the Monday, the opening match of the tournament was to be Senegal against the Netherlands at 10:00.

Nevertheless, the administrative arm of world governing body Fifa has filed a suggestion to move the Qatar game.

It fits in with the tradition of either the hosts or the holders being involved in the opening match.

It followed discussions with Qatar and their opponents Ecuador, after receiving a petition from the South American confederation Conmebol.

The pivotal verdict will be made by the bureau of the Fifa council, which comprises the six confederation presidents, plus Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

If it is sanctioned as expected, it would not change the release dates for players, and Senegal against the Netherlands would be switched to 16:00 on the Monday, given only 3 games would be played in place of the present four.

England’s Group B match with Iran, which is being played at 13:00 on 21 November, would be unaffected, as would Wales’ opening match against the United States of America at 21:00 on the same date


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