The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is on the horizon. For the first time in history, the most important football tournament in the world will not take place in summer, but in winter (from November 21 to December 18, 2022). And it also has a significant impact on the preparation of the 32 World Cup teams.
As most domestic leagues will still be played until mid-November, the preparation period for national teams for the World Cup will be shorter than ever this time around. The International Football Federation (FIFA) has set the release date for players on November 14, 2022. A week later, the opening match of the 2022 World Cup will already take place at al-Bayt Stadium in al -Heat.
So there will only be one week left for the selectors to meet with their appointed executives to train and work out the final details. It will therefore be very different from previous preparations for such an important tournament.
As the 2022/23 Nations League group stage has been brought forward to June and September 2022 due to the World Cup, European national teams have to forgo the 2022 World Cup friendlies largely. of March will be devoted to two or three preparation matches for the World Cup, which may be played in the form of friendly matches and not within the framework of a competition.
Match de préparation à la Coupe du monde en Mai/Juin Mondial 2022
Although many Nations League matches are scheduled for June 2022 (see the Nations League schedule), preparation matches for the 2022 World Cup will also take place during this period. It is above all the non-European participants in the World Cup who will play other preparation matches.
The “Finalissima”, duel of champions between the winner of EURO 2020, Italy, and the winner of Copa America 2021, Argentina, can also be considered as a preparation match for the World Cup.
All World Cup friendlies in March/April Mondial 2022
We have collected all the World Cup 2022 preparation matches of the World Cup participants for you. We have marked with an asterisk * the teams that will be present during the final phase in Qatar.
Most football fans shouldn't be upset that the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is reducing the number of friendlies, as they hardly appreciate international breaks with no real interest. Nevertheless, some interesting friendlies await us in March 2022.
On March 26, the German national team will host Israel, before facing the Netherlands – also qualified for the World Cup – on March 29 in Amsterdam. On March 26, the Swiss national team will play against England, vice-champion of Europe. On the same day, the duel between the Netherlands and Denmark also promises to be exciting, as both teams are among the favorites for the World Cup.