Every four years, the football/futbol/soccer world becomes enraptured in the World Cup. The 2022 edition of the world’s most popular sporting event takes place in host nation Qatar and runs from Sunday, Nov. 20, to Sunday, Dec. 18.
Soccer fans will be eager to follow along as the best footballers on the planet represent their countries on the grandest stage of the most beautiful game.
In addition to the next generation of talent taking center stage, legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be making what will likely be their final appearance at the World Cup.
Tournament favorites Brazil will be searching for their first World Cup victory in 20 years, while France looks to defend their championship from 2018 in Russia.
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World Cup Bracket 2022 Printable
2022 World Cup Format
The World Cup tournament format breaks down the 32-team field into two portions of competition: the group stage and the knockout rounds.
The 32 nations that qualify will first participate in group play, with eight batches of four teams each.
Each side plays the other three members of the group once. After that, the top two teams will advance from each group, based on which teams earn the most points from their win-draw-loss records. (A team is rewarded three points for a win and one for a draw. No points are given for a loss.)
Goal differential will break any ties for total points within the group to determine the 16 teams to qualify for the knockout rounds.
After World Cup teams are whittled down to 16, a single-elimination bracket ensues.
Keep up with our World Cup odds throughout each stage of the 2022 tournament.
World Cup Group Stage Matchups
Group A: Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, & Qatar
The balance of Group A is up in the air after an injury will force Senegalese forward Sadio Mané to miss the entire tournament.
With marquee global players like center back Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay, the Netherlands look like the best choice for World Cup betting but don’t count out Qatar to become the latest host country to qualify out of the group stage.
- Read our World Cup Group A prediction.
Group B: England, Iran, United States, & Wales
One of the most anticipated World Cup matchups in recent years will take place on America’s Black Friday when the USA faces England in what could determine the winner of World Cup Group B.
Look for the Three Lions to advance, but the second qualifying spot could be a hard-fought battle between the USMNT and Gareth Bales‘ Welsh side.
- Read our World Cup Group B prediction.
Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland & Saudi Arabia
Two of the best strikers in the world headline Group C as Lionel Messi and Argentina join Robert Lewandowski and Poland.
Will the Polish side, El Tri, or Saudi Arabia be able to slow down La Selección on their quest for the title? Or will Messi be able to chase down glory in what is likely to be his final World Cup?
- Read our World Cup Group C prediction.
Group D: Australia, Denmark, France, & Tunisia
Kylian Mbappé and defending World Cup champions France side will take on dark horse favorites Denmark in Group D.
Will injuries to N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe, and Christopher Nkunku slow down the French and open the door for Christian Eriksen and the Danish Dynamite? Or will the Socceroos and Tunisia come up with a group-stage upset?
- Read our World Cup Group D prediction.
Group E: Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, & Spain
After a disastrous 2018 World Cup, Germany will be out for redemption in Group E.
Costa Rica is unlikely to stand in their way, but Sergio Busquets and La Furia Roja will be a tough out. At the same time, an underrated Japanese side will look to play spoiler under captain Maya Yoshida.
- Read our World Cup Group E prediction.
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Croatia, & Morocco
Croatia made it to the 2018 World Cup final behind the superb play of Golden Ball winner Luka Modrić. They are not expected to repeat their success in 2022, but they return a world-class midfield that is more than capable of making some noise.
Their chief completion will be Belgium, who pushed France to the limit during the 2018 semifinals and should have no issues advancing past Canada and Morroco.
- Read our World Cup Group F prediction.
Group G: Brazil, Croatia, Ghana, & Switzerland
World Cup favorites Brazil headline Group G, led by a juggernaut of talent such as Neymar, Richarlison, Vinícius Júnior, Gabriel Jesus, Casemiro, Bruno Guimarães, Thiago Silva, and Alisson.
Brazil have underperformed in the past and is currently amidst a 20-year World Cup drought. However, it is impossible to ignore the potential behind their attack.
The fight for second place should be interesting between Serbia and Switzerland. The Eagles sport some accomplished goal scorers such as Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović, while the Swiss bested Italy in their World Cup qualifying group and ousted France in the Euros.
- Read our World Cup Group G prediction.
Group H: Ghana, Portugal, South Korea, & Uruguay
The top story in Group H easily has to be the final World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo. The legendary striker has made headlines coming into the tournament after a controversial interview in which he criticized his Premier League club Manchester United.
However, Portugal will need to rise above the drama with a strong roster consisting of Rafael Leão, Bruno Fernandes, and João Cancelo. In addition, they will receive a strong challenge from La Celeste, who are led by a top-heavy squad of Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani, Darwin Núñez, and Diego Godín.
South Korea’s fortunes will be tied up in the health of superstar Son Heung-min, who recently suffered an eye injury that kept him out of action for weeks leading up to the tournament. Meanwhile, Ghana is the lowest-ranked team in the entire field and are not expected to be a factor.
- Read our World Cup Group H prediction.
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2022 World Cup Schedule: Fixture Dates & Kickoff Times
All World Cup match kickoffs are listed in Eastern Standard Time.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Group A: Qatar vs. Ecuador (11 a.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Monday, Nov. 21
Group B: England vs. Iran (8 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group A: Senegal vs. Netherlands (11 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Group B: United States vs. Wales (2 p.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Group C: Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia (5 a.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Group D: Denmark vs. Tunisia (8 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group C: Mexico vs. Poland (11 a.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Group D: France vs. Australia (2 p.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Group F: Morocco vs. Croatia (5 a.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Group E: Germany vs. Japan (8 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group E: Spain vs. Costa Rica (11 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Group F: Belgium vs. Canada (2 p.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Thursday, Nov. 24
Group G: Switzerland vs. Cameroon (5 a.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Group H: Uruguay vs. South Korea (8 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group H: Portugal vs. Ghana (11 a.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Group G: Brazil vs. Serbia (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Friday, Nov. 25
Group B: Wales vs. Iran (5 a.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Group A: Qatar vs. Senegal (8 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Group A: Netherlands vs. Ecuador (11 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group B: England vs. United States (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Saturday, Nov. 26
Group D: Tunisia vs. Australia (5 a.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Group C: Poland vs. Saudi Arabia (8 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group D: France vs. Denmark (11 a.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Group C: Argentina vs. Mexico (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Sunday, Nov. 27
Group E: Japan vs. Costa Rica (5 a.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Group F: Belgium vs. Morocco (8 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Group F: Croatia vs. Canada (11 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group E: Spain vs. Germany (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Monday, Nov. 28
Group G: Cameroon vs. Serbia (5 a.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Group H: South Korea vs. Ghana (8 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group G: Brazil vs. Switzerland (11 a.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Group H: Portugal vs. Uruguay (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Group A: Netherlands vs. Qatar (10 a.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Group A: Ecuador vs. Senegal (10 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group B: Wales vs. England (2 p.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Group B: Iran vs. United States (2 p.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Group D: Tunisia vs. France (10 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group D: Australia vs. Denmark (10 a.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Group C: Poland vs. Argentina (2 p.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Thursday, Dec. 1
Group F: Croatia vs. Belgium (10 a.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Group F: Canada vs. Morocco (10 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Group E: Japan vs. Spain (2 p.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Group E: Costa Rica vs. Germany (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Friday, Dec. 2:
Group H: South Korea vs. Portugal (10 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Group H: Ghana vs. Uruguay (10 a.m. EST Al Janoub Stadium)
Group G: Cameroon vs. Brazil (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Group G: Serbia vs. Switzerland (2 p.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Round of 16
Saturday, Dec. 3
Match 49: Winner of Group A vs. Runner-up of Group B (10 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
Match 50: Winner of Group C vs. Runner-up of Group D (2 p.m. EST, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)
Sunday, Dec. 4
Match 51: Winner of Group B vs. Runner-up of Group A (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Match 52: Winner of Group D vs. Runner-up of Group C (10 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Monday, Dec. 5
Match 53: Winner of Group E vs. Runner-up of Group F (10 a.m. EST, Al Janoub Stadium)
Match 54: Winner of Group G vs. Runner-up of Group H (2 p.m. EST, Stadium 974)
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Match 55: Winner of Group F vs. Runner-up of Group E (10 a.m. EST Education City Stadium)
Match 56: Winner of Group H vs. Runner-up of Group G (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Friday, Dec. 9
Match 57: Winner of Match 49 vs. Winner of Match 50 (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Match 58: Winner of Match 53 vs. Winner of Match 54 (10 a.m. EST, Education City Stadium)
Saturday, Dec. 10
Match 59: Winner of Match 51 vs. Winner of Match 52 (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Match 60: Winner of Match 55 vs. Winner of Match 56 (10 a.m. EST, Al Thumama Stadium)
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Match 61: Winner of Match 57 vs. Winner of Match 58 (2 p.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Match 62: Winner of Match 59 vs. Winner of Match 60 (2 p.m. EST, Al Bayt Stadium)
Saturday, Dec. 17
Loser of Match 61 vs. Loser of Match 62 (10 a.m. EST, Khalifa International Stadium)
World Cup Final
Sunday, Dec. 18
Winner of Match 61 vs. Winner of Match 62 (10 a.m. EST, Lusail Stadium)