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FIFA advances the commencement of the World Cup by one day, to November 20.

FIFA, the tournament's governing body, said on Thursday that the opening ceremony and the host nation's first game will be placed on Sunday, November 20, one day earlier than originally planned. The opening ceremony was originally supposed to take place before to Qatar's match against Ecuador on November 21, which would have resulted in the unique circumstance of two matches - Senegal vs. the Netherlands and England vs. Iran - taking place prior to the ceremony.

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The ceremony often takes place before the opening kickoff of the tournament. The tournament opener between Senegal and the Netherlands, which was initially planned for 1300 local time on November 21, has been moved to 1900, taking the place of Qatar v. Ecuador. A committee made up of the president Gianni Infantino and the presidents of FIFA's six regional confederations approved the idea.

According to FIFA, "the decision came after an evaluation of the tournament and its operational ramifications, as well as after a comprehensive consultation process and an agreement with the host country and key stakeholders." Tickets will remain valid regardless of the revised date/time, and ticket holders will get proper notification by email that the relevant matches have been rescheduled.


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