When is the World Cup closing ceremony and who is performing?


The curtain will come down on the 2022 World Cup on Sunday, December 18.

After 28 days and 63 games, Argentina and France will meet as both sets of players look to write their names into the history books.

Will it be World Cup triumph at long last for Lionel Messi or will the apprentice Kylian Mbappe upstage the master to make it two from two?

Before they can worry about any of that, there is a closing ceremony to get out the way.

The Athletic has the details.

When is the World Cup closing ceremony?

As with every World Cup, and most global sporting events, the closing ceremony will take place on the final day of action at the tournament.

However, instead of being the event that brings an end to proceedings in Qatar, it will come before the final is played.

With the final — being played at Lusail Stadium — kicking off at 3pm GMT (6pm local time, 10am EST, 7am PT), there needs to be time for the organisers to put on a ceremony worthy of a World Cup and clear the pitch for the players’ warm-ups.

For that reason, the closing ceremony will begin at 1pm GMT (4pm local time, 8am EST, 6am PT).

For reference, the opening ceremony lasted around 30 minutes. A similar timeframe will be expected for the closing ceremony so that there is enough time for the pitch to be ready for the warm-ups and then the start of the final.

Who will perform at the World Cup closing ceremony?

To maintain a level of excitement, FIFA has kept its cards close to their chest about who will be performing at the closing ceremony.

But that isn’t to say that we don’t know some of the artists due to be involved.

Earlier this month, friends of Davido revealed that he had been chosen to play at the ceremony. The American-Nigerian singer has been seen in Qatar recently so it seems a pretty safe bet that he will be one of those taking to the stage on Sunday.

He is set to be joined by Puerto Rican artist Ozuna. His song, Arhbo, was included as part of the FIFA’s official soundtrack for the tournament.

He collaborated with Congolese rapper Gims on that track so both could be involved in the closing ceremony.

Canadian-Moroccan singer Nora Fatehi is also tipped for a performance at Lusail Stadium on Sunday. Her song Light The Sky — which also features Balqees and Rahma Riad — was included in FIFA’s soundtrack for this World Cup so expect a live performance of that, too.

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