Serbia will be Ireland’s first opponents on the road to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Qatar, as hosts, have also been added to Ireland’s five-team group to make it six strong. They will join the Republic, Portugal, Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in Group A on a strict non-competitive basis to help them warm up for the tournament.
By non-competitive, their results won’t have any impact on qualification as they are through to the finals as host nation.
While fixture details (below) have been announced, there is no ticket information available as football associations wait to assess restrictions around Covid-19, travel and fans at matches.
Who are Ireland playing in World Cup qualifiers, and when?
Ireland are in Group A of the European qualifying section. There are 55 teams competing for a place at the FIFA World Cup 22.
All fixtures take place in 2021. Should Ireland make the playoff stages of qualification, playoff games will take place in March 2022.
- Wednesday 24, Serbia (A)
- Saturday 27, Luxembourg (H)
- Tuesday 30, Qatar (H)*
- Wednesday 1, Portugal (A)
- Saturday 4, Azerbaijan (H)
- Tuesday 7, Serbia home (H)
- Saturday 9, Azerbaijan (A)
- Tuesday 12, Qatar (A)**
- Thursday 11, Portugal (H)
- Sunday 14, Luxembourg (A)
* denotes Qatar fixture as non-competitive
** denotes Qatar fixture as non-competitive, away leg will be played at neutral European venue