England fans could be sitting down as early as 10 a.m. to watch matches at the pub from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after FIFA announced the scheduled plans for the tournament.
While some matches will be shown early in the morning, other matches will kick-off at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
FIFA plans to hold the competition in the winter to avoid the scorching summer weather in Qatar, meaning that the host nation would be three hours ahead of the UK.
So, for the Three Lions supporters heading out to the Middle East to watch Gareth Southgate’s men in the tournament, then kick-off could vary from 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Nasser Al-Khater, the chief executive officer at the FIFA World Cup Qatar, said: “There’s a proposition to hold four matches a day, one at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 Doha time (GMT+3). This will be finalized with FIFA.
“We are currently planning for the matches per day, but also considering four a day as the weather and temperature will be good, and also all stadiums are enjoying air conditioning.”
The World Cup in Qatar will remain under the current 32-team format — for now at least — but the tournament will be played in 28 days to avoid any further interference it would cause with the schedules of football leagues in Europe.
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, has already expressed his interest in expanding the World Cup to host 48 teams.
While it is most likely that future tournaments will consist of 48 teams, the FIFA boss is keen for Qatar to be the first competition to adopt the model and has held talks with Kuwait about the possibility of the country hosting some of the matches.
The Three Lions kick-started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off with a bang last month with a 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic and 5-1 steamrolling of Montenegro.
Southgate’s men will next be in action in the semi-finals of the Nations League against the Netherlands in June.
The news of pub times for the World Cup will be an absolute treat for any England fan that loves a cold pint while they’re watching the match.