Dpa and other media have learnt that the council of the world governing body FIFA is dealing with a request.
The match between Qatar and Ecuador on Nov. 20 would start at 7p.m. (1700 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium.
FIFA is yet to comment on the issue.
Under the original tournament format, the game would have been the third of four matches scheduled for the first day, Nov. 21 with Netherlands v Senegal, England v Iran and the U.S. v Wales.
Under the requested change, Netherlands game would move from a 1p.m. kick-off time to the 7p.m. time originally for Qatar v Ecuador, while England and U.S. games would not be affected.
The request was made after an agreement of both teams and the South American confederation CONMEBOL. It won’t lead to changes of release dates for players.
The host nation has played the first match between 1958 and 1970, and again since the 2006 tournament in Germany.
The 1974-2002 tournaments were opened by the defending champion who is no longer automatic qualifiers.
There was no official opening game between 1930 and 1954.