FIFA World Cup 2022 Explainer: Venues, Groups, Timings, And More

Qatar will host the first ever winter World Cup in football history.


32 teams will face off in a football marathon lasting a month that promises to provide an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

We look at what you need to know about the footballing world as it comes to a standstill as the biggest stars take centre-stage.

As previously mentioned, the FIFA World Cup begins on November 20th. The final will take place on December 18.

The Group stage will continue through December 2, with the final Games involving Group G teams wrapping up the first round.

Please note that Indian viewers will need to be awake by midnight on December 2, because the Group G games are at 12:30 IST. Technically, it's December 3.

38 million euro will be paid to the winning team for lifting the trophy on December 18, 2018. It is roughly 320,675,058,810.76 rupees (Rs. 320 crore).

The finalist who loses gets approximately 27 million euros (Rs. 227 crore). The losing finalist will be awarded around 27 million euros (Rs. 206 crore).

Television viewers can catch the action unfolding on Sports 18 or Sports 18 HD, both part of Viacom Network 18 Group.

The Portuguese star hasn’t confirmed his decision yet but this World Cup could prove to be his last.

Three months are left before his 38th birthday and it's unlikely that the forward will play for Portugal in the World Cup at 41.

Ronaldo's arch-nemesis, however, has made clear Qatar 2022 is his World Cup final. In an interview with ESPN the Argentine GOAT said that "certainly, this will be mine last World Cup."