We are nearing the end of the 2022 World Cup schedule with the last eight teams left standing after the conclusion of the round of 16.
Nations that reach the quarter-finals will feel like they have a legitimate shot at reaching the final at Lusail Stadium on Sunday 18 December. The eight teams at that point will be just three wins away from lifting the World Cup trophy.
The quarterfinals could produce several intriguing potential matchups: France vs. England, Portugal vs. Spain and Senegal vs. France are some of the most compelling head-to-heads that could happen. Holland vs. Argentina is already on the calendar.
The final draw of the quarterfinals will be known on Tuesday, December 6 when the last round of 16 matches are played.
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World Cup quarterfinal match schedule
The eight teams that survive the round of 16 will play the quarterfinals on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December.
That will give teams a six-day break between the round of 16 and quarterfinal matches. The quarterfinal winners will only have four days before they play their semifinal matches.
World Cup Quarterfinals Date Time of match
(ET/GMT) Stadium Friday, December 9 QF1: Japan/Croatia vs.
Brazil/S. Korea 10 am / 3 pm Education City Friday, December 9 QF2: Netherlands vs.
Argentina 2 pm / 7 pm Lusail Sat. December 10 QF3: Morocco/Spain vs.
Portugal/Switzerland 10 am / 3 pm Al Thumama Sat December 10 QF4: England vs.
France 2:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. Al Bayt World Cup Semifinals Date Match Time
(ET / GMT) Stadium Tuesday, December 13 Argentina/Holland vs. QF1 2 pm / 7 pm Lusail Wednesday December 14 England/France vs. QF3 2pm/7pm Al Bayt
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World Cup 2022 quarterfinal group
The World Cup 2022 group chart shows there are two halves with each producing a World Cup finalist who will compete for the trophy in the championship game on Sunday, December 18.
A finalist will come from the following list of teams from one side of the bracket with a mix of representatives from various regions:
The other half of the group has a large presence of European teams (six of eight), so it is very likely that the other finalist will come from Europe. The only opposition will come from two African teams that are still alive in the competition (Morocco, Senegal).
England (v. Senegal) France (v. Poland) Morocco / Spain Portugal / Switzerland
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How the quarterfinals work
The quarterfinals work in the same way as the round of 16.
They are made up of four single-elimination matches in which a winner must be determined on the day. So if the teams are tied after the regulation 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time is played.
If the teams are still level at the end of the 30-minute extra time period, then the match will proceed to a penalty shootout to determine the winner.
This is how the penalty shootout works: each team has five attempts to score a penalty kick against the opposing team’s goalkeeper and each side determines which player gets to shoot and the specific order.
The team that successfully converts the most penalties after five rounds is deemed the winner and advances, although the match will officially be recorded as a draw on each team’s record.
If the teams are tied on penalties taken after the end of the fifth round, both teams get an additional round of tries until the deadlock is finally broken.
A player cannot be named to take a second penalty attempt in the same penalty shootout until all 11 players on the field at the end of extra time, including the goalkeeper, have made an attempt.
History of the World Cup quarterfinals
In the seven men’s World Cup tournaments held since 1994, the 56 available quarterfinal places have been taken by 26 different nations listed below.
A total of 16 European nations, five from South America, two from North America and Africa, and one from Asia have reached the elite eight since 1994.
Argentina, France and the Netherlands are the first three quarter-finalists in 2022, adding to their record of reaching the competition’s final eight in recent years.
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since 1994 Years Argentina 5 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2022 Belgium 2 2014, 2018 Brazil 7 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006,
2010, 2014, 2018 Bulgaria 1 1994 Colombia 1 2014 Costa Rica 1 2014 Croatia 2 1998, 2018 Denmark 1 1998 England 4 2002, 2006, 2018, 2022 France 5 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018, 20909, 29 19 20909, Germany ,
2006, 2010, 2014 Ghana 1 2010 Italy 3 1994, 1998, 2006 Netherlands 5 1994, 1998, 2010, 2014, 2022 Paraguay 1 2010 Portugal 1 2006 Romania 1 1994 Russia 1 2018 Senegal 1 2002 3 Spain 2002 9 South Korea 4, 3 20029 , 2010 Sweden 2 1994, 2018 Turkey 1 2002 Ukraine 1 2006 Uruguay 2 2010, 2018 USA 1 2002