FIFA Proposes Late Changes to Qatar World Cup Schedule

In a letter sent only months before the tournament, organizers have requested that the World Cup start one day earlier and allow Qatar, the host nation, to feature in its first match.

Qatar has had 12 years to plan for the World Cup. Now, with the first games of the tournament just over 100 days away and the intricate match schedule announced months ago, organizers have requested changes that would see the event start a day earlier so the host nation can have a featured place in the opening game.

In recent years, the World Cup host nation has appeared in the tournament’s first match, as the headliner in the monthlong

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