Who are in the round of 16 matches in the FIFA World Cup ?
Who are in the round of 16 matches in the FIFA World Cup ?

When are the round of 16 matches in the FIFA World Cup starting?

The round of 16 will start on December 3 and conclude on December 6, while the eight winners of the last 16 will progress to the quarterfinal, which is scheduled for December 9 and December 10.

The pre-quarterfinals of the round of 16 matches will begin on December 3 with Group A and Group B teams involved. Brazil will be in action on December 6 or December 7, depending where it finishes after Matchday 3.

Similarly, France will be in action on December 4 or 5 while latest entrant Portugal will play on December 6 or 7.

Later on December 13 and December 14, the four winners of the quarterfinal will play in the semifinals, and the winners of the last 4 clashes will meet in the final on December 18, while the losing semifinalists will clash in the third-place play-off on December 17.

As for the knock out rounds, there has to be a winner on the day in the case of each match. If teams are tied after 90 minutes of regulation time, the match goes into a 30-minute period of extra time.

If the deadlock is still not broken after those 30 minutes of extra time, then a penalty shootout will determine the team that moves on to the subsequent rounds.

Full List of 16 Teams Will Be in the Knockout Stages of the World Cup

France became the first side to reach the Round of 16 on November 26 and since then six other sides have followed them after the second round of group matches:

Group Teams qualified (1st position) Teams qualified (2nd position)
A Netherlands Senegal
B England USA
C Argentina Poland
D France Australia
E Japan Spain
F Morocco Croatia
G Brazil Switzerland
H Portugal South Korea

The last four countries confirmed their group placement after the close of Groups A and B, the other three have to wait until later in the week to know whether they'll advance as a group winner or runner-up.

The full schedule for round of 16 matches at the World Cup

♦ Match: Group A 1st (Netherlands) vs Group B 2nd (USA)

♦ Match: Group C 1st (Argentina) vs Group D 2nd (Australia)

♦ Match: Group E 1st (Japan) vs Group F 2nd (Croatia)

♦ Match: Group G 1st (Brazil) vs Group H 2nd (South Korea)

♦ Match: Group B 1st (England) vs Group A 2nd (Senegal)

♦ Match: Group D 1st (France) vs Group C 2nd (Poland)

♦ Match: Group F 1st (Morocco) vs Group E 2nd (Spain)

♦ Match: Group H 1st (Portugal) vs Group G 2nd (Switzerland)

Full Schedule of World Cup Round of 16
Full Schedule of World Cup Round of 16

Knockout Matches at World Cup Round of 16

World Cup Round of 16

Date Match Time (ET / GMT) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 3 Netherlands vs. USA 10 a.m. / 3 p.m. Khalifa Int'l
Sat, Dec. 3 Argentina vs. Australia 2 p.m. / 7 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 4 France vs. Poland 10 a.m. / 3 p.m. Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 4 England vs. Senegal 2 p.m. / 7 p.m. Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 5 Japan vs. Croatia 10 a.m. / 3 p.m. Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 5 Brazil vs. South Korea 2 p.m. / 7 p.m. Stadium 974
Tue, Dec. 6 Morocco vs. Spain 10 a.m. / 3 p.m. Education City
Tue, Dec. 6 Portugal vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. / 7 p.m. Lusail

1.England vs Senegal (Deceember 3)

England booked their place in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 win over Wales to top Group B. They will be joined by USA who beat Iran 1-0.

England will face Senegal on Sunday.

2.USA vs Netherlands (December 3)

Earlier on the same day, Netherlands and Senegal finished in the top two positions in Group A to seal their places in the knockout stages.

The Dutch beat tournament hosts Qatar whose sorry campaign ended with three defeats from three, while Senegal edged past Ecuador who could have qualified with a draw.

The Netherlands and Senegal were the first teams to know their destinations, finishing first and second in Group A, respectively, as Ecuador and Qatar were eliminated.

The Netherlands will next face the United States on Saturday.

The Netherlands defeated Qatar, 2-0, and won Group A with seven points. Senegal defeated Ecuador, 2-1 and finished second in Group A with six points.

England beat Wales, 3-0, and won Group B with seven points. The United States topped Iran, 1-0, and finished second in Group B with five points.

3.Argentina vs Australia (December 3)

4.France vs Poland (December 4)

5.Japan vs. Croatia (December 5)

6.Brazil vs. South Korea (December 5)

7.Morocco vs. Spain (December 6)

8.Portugal vs. Switzerland (December 6)

The Rest of the World Cup: Schedule (ET Time)

The World Cup continues this month. The third-place match is scheduled for Dec. 17, with the final on Dec. 18.

Saturday The Netherlands vs. USMNT 10 a.m.
Saturday Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 2 p.m.
Sunday Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 10 a.m.
Sunday England vs. Senegal 2 p.m.
Monday Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 10 a.m.
Monday Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 2 p.m.
Dec. 6 Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up 10 a.m.
Dec. 6 Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up 2 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Dec. 9 Round of 16 winners 10 a.m.
Dec. 9 Round of 16 winners 2 p.m.
Dec. 10 Round of 16 winners 10 a.m.
Dec. 10 Round of 16 winners 2 p.m.
Semifinals
Dec. 13 Quarterfinal winners 2 p.m.
Dec. 14 Quarterfinal winners 2 p.m.
Third-place match
Dec. 17 Semifinal losers 10 a.m.
Final
Dec. 18 Semifinal winners 10 a.m.

How does Round of 16 work in World Cup?

The Round of 16 is the start of what is commonly referred to as the knockout rounds because every match is single elimination from here on out.

There are no points earned. There are no standings. There's simply a winner and a loser.

What happens if knockout matches finish tied?

There has to be a winner on the day for each Round of 16 match and for subsequent knockout-round matches (quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place match, final). So if teams are tied after 90 minutes of regulation, the match goes into a 30-minute period of extra time.

If the deadlock persists after those 30 minutes of extra time, then a penalty shootout will determine the team that moves on to the quarterfinals.

The Round of 16 pairings are set in advance. Teams that finish in first place in the group stage match up against teams that are runners-up in their respective groups.