The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to start on November 21st, 2022. The tournament will conclude on December 18th, making it one of the shortest World Cup tournaments in history. With this said, we won’t see any World Cup quarter final fixtures until the 9th of December. In fact, all four quarter final games will be held on December 9th and December 10th.
Then there is a brief gap before the semi-final games are played. Of course, since the groups and associated knockout draws have been made, we have a vague idea of who might play who in the quarter final stages. All of this is covered below, as is the schedule for the quarter final games. In fact, this is what we would like to kick off with, so let’s jump right into it.
Schedule for the World Cup quarter final fixtures
As we’ve mentioned above, the quarter final fixtures will be played on December 9th and December 10th. However, the possible games on each day are determined by a few key factors. This is determined by whether a team wins their group or finishes as the runners-up. And of course, it depends on whether they make it through their round of 16 games too. We shall be getting to all of that soon. But to provide some specifics on the World Cup quarter final fixtures, the December 9th matches will be played at 6 PM and 10 PM, respectively. These are actually the same kick-off times for matches being played on December 10th too.
And as per the draw, these games on December 9th will include the winners of match 53 vs match 54, as well as the winners of match 49 vs match 50. To put that into plain English, the matches will include either the winners of groups A, B, E, and G, or the runners-up from groups B, D, F, and H. Then for the games taking place on December 9th, these games will involve the winners of matches 51 vs 52, and the winners of matches 55 vs 56.
To put it simpler, these quarter-final games will involve either the winners of groups B, D, F, and H, or the runners-up from groups A, B, E, and G. As you have no doubt noticed, this is a mirror effect of the games that will be held on December 9th.
Possible teams to see in the World Cup quarter final fixtures
Up to this point, we have discussed the World Cup quarter final fixtures in terms of numbers and letters. That’s because these correspond to the way in which the draw has been laid out for the 2022 World Cup. But of course, we understand that this can be pretty confusing without a draw sheet in front of you. Therefore, let us break things down even further to shed a bit more light on these possible games. We will focus on the most likely teams to keep things simple, and this avoids getting too speculative before the games begin.
Top half World Cup quarter final fixtures – most likely teams
If we stick with the seedings for the World Cup, we can put together a schedule in terms of the ‘most likely’ participants. And that’s what we have chosen to do here:
- Winners group A vs winners group C
This match will be played on December 9th at 10 PM local time. And looking at each group, the most likely winners of group A will be the Netherlands. As for group C, the most likely winners are Argentina. This could be a very intriguing match, and really, it’s anyone's guess as to who could go through.
- Winners group E vs winners group G
This is scheduled to be the first match on December 9th. Therefore, the match will get underway at 6 PM (local time) instead of 10 PM. And going from seedings alone, this match could include Spain vs Brazil. Of course, this would be another huge game. Then again, they are all big games once you get to the World Cup quarter final fixtures.
Bottom half World Cup quarter final fixtures – most likely teams
Each of the bottom half quarter-final games is scheduled to be played on December 10th, as a reminder. And again, we have picked the most likely teams involved based on FIFA rankings and seedings.
- Winners group B vs winners group D
If we work from the seedings in the groups, this match should include England vs France. And as it happens, this is probably the most mouthwatering clash of all the possible quarter-final games. We say this because both teams have been tipped as possible favourites to win the tournament. This match will be played at 10 PM local time on December 10th.
- Winners group F vs winners group H
The last of the World Cup quarter final fixtures include the winners of group H vs the winners of group F. From group F, the winners should really be Belgium, but group H is a little less straightforward. In group H, either Portugal or Uruguay could progress to the quarters, in our opinion. But working from seedings, Portugal is expected to make it to this point, therefore the match would be Belgium vs Portugal. The game will be played at 6 PM local time.
Underdogs who could make it to the quarter-finals
Now that you are fully aware of the World Cup quarter final fixtures and when they will be played, let us turn our attention to some possible underdogs who may appear in the quarters. If we didn’t base these predictions on seedings alone, there are a few teams who could pop up. Mainly, some of the teams who we feel could make it here include Poland, Uruguay, Germany, Denmark, and Mexico. Each of these teams is inside the top 15 in terms of FIFA rankings, so they can obviously play some great football.
But their chances are very much dependent on who wins which group, as this directly impacts where they will be placed for the knockout stages.
FAQs on the World Cup quarter final fixtures
What times will the games be played in the UK?
Qatar is three hours ahead of the UK, so the local kick-off times quoted here are three hours ahead of what they will be in the UK. For example, a 6 PM local time kick-off would actually be a 3 PM kick-off in the UK.
Can I wager on the quarter-final games at the World Cup?
Absolutely. Once the actual fixtures are known in terms of which teams will be playing, you can bet on the matches. Major bookies will have 100+ markets on offer too.
Are the teams you’ve mentioned here guaranteed to be playing?
No. Since no matches have been played in the 2022 World Cup yet, the teams listed here are simply the most likely participants. However, the schedule quoted is 100% correct.
Once the quarters have been played, how long is it to the semis?
The two semi-final matches will be played on December 13th and 14th, respectively.