The World Cup is set to start one day earlier than planned on Sunday, 20 November with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador.
The opening match of the tournament was to be Senegal against the Netherlands at 10:00, earlier on the Monday.
However, the administrative arm of world governing body Fifa has submitted a proposal to move the Qatar game.
It followed discussions with Qatar and their opponents Ecuador, after receiving a request from the South American confederation Conmebol.
It fits in with the tradition of either the hosts or the holders being involved in the opening match.
If it is approved as expected, it would not change the release dates for players, and Senegal against the Netherlands would be switched to 16:00 on the Monday, given only three games would be played instead of the present four.