Manchester — The FIFA The World Cup in Qatar will kick off a day earlier than planned if the ruling party agrees plans to hold the opening ceremony and the host country's first match on Sunday 20 November, sources close to the discussion told Reuters.
According to the original plan, the opening ceremony was scheduled to take place before Qatar's match against Ecuador on November 21. occurred.
The ceremony usually takes place before kickoff of the first game of the tournament.
The Group A match between Senegal and the Netherlands and the Group B match between England and Iran were scheduled to take place before Monday's ceremony.
This plan will have to be put to the vote of his FIFA representatives of his six regional confederations and Gianni his Infantino president, but will get support despite the late notification. is expected.
Due to the switch to the opening ceremony and match on 20 November, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands, scheduled for 21 November local time, can start later in the day. The day's Group B match, which also includes USA v Wales, is unaffected.
Another source close to the proposal said the switch could be confirmed as early as Thursday, and the plan is to save fans from having to pay for flight or accommodation changes.
"The economic impact on fans has been evaluated and the additional costs for fans will be borne by the organizers, but these costs will be covered by the organizers." It is unclear who will bear the cost, be it FIFA, Qatar's Supreme Commission for Delivery and Legacy or another entity," the source said.
"There is an assurance that the organizers will not cover any additional costs for fans to change travel bookings or accommodations, and this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis," the source added.
It was not clear what the mechanism governing compensation for fans would be. (Reporting by Simon Evans of Manchester and Andrew Mills of Doha; Editing by Christian Radnedge)