The men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will begin a day earlier than originally scheduled.
The change of date will allow the host nation to play the first game when it faces Ecuador, FIFA — the global governing body for the sport of football — officially confirmed on Thursday.
The tournament will now begin on November 20 instead of November 21 when three games had been scheduled, with Senegal vs. the Netherlands previously set to open the event.
The decision will ensure the long-standing tradition in which the first match of a World Cup features either the hosts or the defending champions.
The tournament will now take place from November 20 to December 18.