Ireland to begin World Cup campaign away to Serbia

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Ireland to begin World Cup campaign away to Serbia

Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team will begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a Group A fixture away to Serbia on Wednesday, March 24th next while Qatar have been added as the sixth team in the Group on a non-competitive basis. 
8th Dec 2020

Ireland will welcome Luxembourg to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, March 27th before Qatar arrive for a non-competitive Group A fixture on Tuesday, March 30th.  World Cup fixtures will return after the summer in September when Ireland face Portugal away on Wednesday, September 1st, followed by a home game against Azerbaijan on Saturday, September 4th and Serbia at the Aviva on Tuesday, September 7th.

October sees the Republic away to Azerbaijan on Saturday, October 9th, and away to Qatar, at a European venue, on Tuesday, October 12th. The final Group A fixtures will be played in November when Ireland are at home to Portugal on Thursday, November 11th, and away to Luxembourg on Sunday, November 14th.

Qatar have been added as the sixth team to Group A to give them match practice ahead of their hosting of the World Cup in 2022. These games will be non-competitive with Qatar in Dublin on March 30th while the second match will be played at a neutral venue in Europe on October 12th.

The FAI will begin to plan for these World Cup games with their Group A opponents immediately now that the fixtures are known but no ticket details will be available for some time as the Associations await developments on the return of fans in the COVID-19 era.



March 2021
Wednesday, 24th – Serbia away
Saturday, 27th  – Luxembourg home
Tuesday, 30th – Qatar home, non-competitive

September 2021
Wednesday, 1st – Portugal away
Saturday, 4th – Azerbaijan home
Tuesday, 7th – Serbia home

Saturday, 9th – Azerbaijan away
Tuesday, 12th – Qatar away, non-competitive (game to be played in Europe)

Thursday, 11th – Portugal home
Sunday, 14th – Luxembourg away