​FIFA World Cup kick off date amended

​FIFA World Cup kick off date amended
Awer Mabil will be the first South Sudanese-Australian to play at the FIFA World Cup. [Courtesy]

The official kick off date for the 2022 FIFA may begin at least 24 hours earlier if a plan by the global body is approved by the Council of Bureau.

FIFA is reportedly considering changing the start date to allow host country – Qatar instead of Senegal, kick off the tournament.

The World Cup is penciled for November 21 with an opening match between Senegal playing the Netherlands.

But Qatar has been pushing to play the opening match, a request that FIFA seems to have agreed to.

But this means that FIFA will have to bring the kick off date by at least a day for Qatar to play in the curtain-raiser.

The first match will now take place on Sunday November 20.

The changes, though negligible, might have far reaching consequences on the ticketing plans and overall expenditure on fans.

Those fans who had planned to watch Qatar match against Ecuador, may be forced to re adjust their plans – meaning that they will have to pay even more on accommodation.

The clash with Ecuador will kick off at 7pm (4pm GMT) instead of November 21 while the Group A match between Senegal and Netherland will now kick off at 7pm (4pm GMT).

But the final decision to amend the official kick off date of the 2022 World Cup still needs to be approved by the FIFA Council Bureau that is composed of President Gianni Infantino and the head of the continental confederation.