However, it is understood that Qatar want to play first, as has become customary for the host nation.
Their game against Ecuador is now slated to move forward to Sunday November 20. It will kick off at 7pm BST (2pm ET). It is believed the change was discussed with Ecuador and CONMEBOL.
Why the World Cup 2022 in Qatar is controversial
The decision still needs to be approved by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, made up of president Gianni Infantino and the leaders of each continental confederation (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, and OFC).
An agreement is expected, meaning the World Cup will now take place from November 20 to December 18.
Ecuador are still facing an ongoing appeal from Chile over their place at this winter’s World Cup, who claim Ecuador fielded an ineligible player during the qualification process, and are seeking to replace them at the tournament.
The host country has featured in the opening game of every World Cup since 2006, before which the defending champion usually featured in the first match.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar — controversial for the reasons outlined in this article — is the first winter World Cup to take place in the northern hemisphere.
The Premier League will break for more than a month after the weekend of November 12/13 before beginning again after the final on December 18. The top-flight season will resume on December 26 for the traditional Boxing Day round of fixtures.
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Further reading: 2022 World Cup
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