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Reports: FIFA set to change schedule and start Qatar World Cup earlier

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According to reports, this year’s FIFA World Cup is set for a different start date to allow hosts Qatar to play first.

The Athletic claims that the tournament will now begin a day earlier than scheduled on Sunday, 20 November, with Qatar vs Eduador set to kick off the competition. The encounter is slated to kick off at 9pm local time (7pm BST) at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

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It is understood the hosts have insisted on opening football’s biggest international tournament, as has been a tradition over the years.

As it stands, the competition is scheduled to begin with Senegal taking on the Netherlands on Monday, 21 November, with England vs Iran and Wales vs USA kicking off later in the day.This year’s edition of the FIFA World Cup is unique in that it begins in November, right in the middle of the European football season.

This is primarily due to extreme weather in the Middle Eastern country, which would make it too hot to play in June and July.The final will take place on Sunday, 17 December at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 people.

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