World Cup 2022 final: Match date, kick-off time and team predictions

Qatar World Cup 2022 final: Match date, kick-off time and team predictions - AP
Qatar World Cup 2022 final: Match date, kick-off time and team predictions - AP

In total 32 teams started the 2022 Qatar World Cup with high hopes. The winner is crowned following 64 matches.

England were drawn in Group B, alongside Iran, Wales and the United States, and started their campaign with aplomb in their rousing 6-2 victory over first opponents Iran, before a lacklustre draw against the USA. They redeemed themselves with an assured victory over Wales, which means they topped the group.

England's last-16 match is against Senegal, before a probable quarter-final against France.

Here is everything we know so far about the last match of the World Cup 2022.

When is the World Cup 2022 final?

The last match will take place on Qatar National Day – Sunday December 18, 2022.

What time is kick-off?

The final will kick-off in at 3pm GMT (10am EST).

Which stadium will host the final?

The showpiece clash to decide the World Cup winners will be held at the Lusail Stadium. The state-of-the-art 80,000-seater stadium has a futuristic design with a roof that has been "carefully chosen to provide shade" given Qatar's temperatures.

After the tournament concludes, organisers say the venue "will be transformed into a community space including schools, shops, cafés, sporting facilities and health clinics".

Construction began in 2017 and was finished in 2021, at an estimated cost of $767 million.

How can I get tickets for the World Cup final?

Tickets are available through the Fifa website, with more than 800,000 tournament tickets sold during the first and second phases which have already been and gone.

The Last Minute Sale Phase is now open, with tickets available until the end of the tournament on a "first come, first served" basis.

Tickets for the final can set you back from £156 to £1,223. Alternatively, there are package deals to follow your team for several matches.

Which teams are likely to be in the final?

The countries currently heading the market are South American giants Brazil and the reigning champions, France. England are fifth favourites, with Spain and Argentina also in the top five.

How many times have England been in a World Cup final?

The last and only time England have reached a World Cup final is in 1966.

England’s next best performances were in the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 2018 World Cup in Russia when they reached the tournament’s semi-final.

Where is the next World Cup taking place?

The World Cup 2026 will be held across three host countries - America, Canada and Mexico - in a tournament first after the trio's bid fended off a strong proposal from Morocco. The competition matches will be played across 16 different cities - 11 from America, two in Canada and three in Mexico.

This article is regularly updated with the latest information.