The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on Monday, Nov. 21, kicking off a 28-day tournament that will finish on Sunday, Dec. 18.
FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking Dec. 18 — Qatar’s national holiday — for the final.
In March, FIFA finally decided to switch the 2022 tournament from June-July to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
A 28-day World Cup is four fewer than usual and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues that must shut down for several peak midseason weeks.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was set to hold a news conference at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich on Friday, but that conference was canceled.
FIFA had delayed choosing a kickoff date in Qatar while it held talks on the 2019-2024 schedule of international fixtures.
The calendar approved on Friday means clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 — one week before the opening match.
No international match dates — either qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies — have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.