2022 World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the 22nd World Cup and this will be the first Middle East Championship to be held. Top football teams like Argentina, Brazil, and Germany have qualified for the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.

The football tournament will be held in the winter (November and December), with the opening game on November 21 and the final on December 18, 2022.

The FIFA World Cup is played every four years and any football association is allowed to participate. The World Cup consists of a qualifying round and a final tournament.

World Cup 2022
Host country: Qatar
Date: November 21, 2022 – December 18, 2022
Teams: 32
Games: 64
Host cities: 7
Stadiums: 8

The organization has recently come under fire due to the dilapidated condition of the workers. With a lot of hard work, many of them get worse. It is known that thousands of workers died in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure.

FIFA has appointed the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) as responsible for hosting the 2022 World Cup. The projects are part of a joint venture between FIFA and LOC; FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) is responsible for the infrastructure and operational activities surrounding the football tournament.

32 countries will participate in the World Cup, including host country Qatar and 31 countries that qualified through the preliminary round. These countries will be placed in the group for the final tournament in Qatar.

Each team must arrive in the host country, Qatar, at least five days before the start of the first match. They are obliged to use the hotels and accommodation designated by FIFA and may remain there one day after the elimination.

Official names of the 2022 World Cup

FIFA has registered a number of official names for the 2022 World Cup:

  • FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
  • FIFA World Cup 2022
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Qatar 2022

Logo World Cup 2022

World Cup 2022 schedule

The schedule for the World Cup 2022 will begin with the opening game at 11 a.m. on November 21 at Al Bayt Stadium and the final will be held on December 18 at 4 p.m. at Lusail Stadium.

The 28-day schedule is too short. In the group stage, four games will be played daily for 12 days. There will be two matches every day in the knockout round. The semifinals and final will be a game on the same day.

The rest days of the schedule are Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December Which means the eighth final will be directly linked to the group stage. Sunday 11th and Monday 12th December are rest days between quarterfinals and semifinals. Finally, finalists can rest on Thursday, December 15, and Friday, December 16.

Each match will have a regular time of 90 minutes, including two 45 minutes with a 15-minute break. Any overtime has two 15 minutes with regular time and two minutes with a 5-minute break between overtime. The break-in extra time lasts a maximum of one minute. If the score is tied even after extra time, a fine is taken.

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World Cup 2022 draw

The draw for the World Cup groupings is on April 1, 2022. The draw will take place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Qatar. The draw time is 6 p.m.

32 countries are participating in the draw for the 2022 World Cup, of which 29 teams are already known. The other three countries have yet to qualify for the Intercontinental Playoffs (2) and the European Playoffs (1).

Qualified countries for the 2022 World Cup

These are the 29 qualified countries for the 2022 World Cup:

  • Qatar (host country, Asia)
  • Germany (11-10-2021, Europe)
  • Denmark (12-10-2021, Europe)
  • Brazil (11-11-2021, South America)
  • France (13-11-2021, Europe)
  • Belgium (13-11-2021, Europe)
  • Croatia (14-11-2021, Europe)
  • Spain (14-11-2021, Europe)
  • Serbia (14-11-2021, Europe)
  • Switzerland (15-11-2021, Europe)
  • England (15-11-2021, Europe)
  • Netherlands (16-11-2021, Europe)
  • Argentinia (17-11-2021, South America)
  • Iran (01-02-2022, Asia)
  • South Korea (01-02-2022, Asia)
  • Japan (24-03-2022, Asia)
  • Saudi Arabia (24-03-2022, Asia)
  • Ecuador (25-03-2022, South America)
  • Uruguay (25-03-2022, South America)
  • Canada (28-03-2022, North America)
  • Portugal (29-03-2022, Europe)
  • Poland (29-03-2022, Europe)
  • Senegal (29-03-2022, South Africa)
  • Cameroon (29-03-2022, South Africa)
  • Ghana (29-03-2022, South Africa)
  • Morocco (29-03-2022, South Africa)
  • Tunisia (29-03-2022, South Africa)
  • Mexico (31-03-2022, North America)
  • United States (31-03-2022, North America)

Stadiums World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will not only be the first tournament to be held in the Arab region, but it will also be the most compact, allowing fans to take part in multiple games a day.

It is very hot in this country. But they have brought favorable weather conditions. They are equipped with solar-powered cooling technology to keep the temperature in each stadium, training facility, and fan zone at 27 degrees Celsius, with high summer temperatures. All stadiums are eco-friendly and their temperature will be under control.

Qatar is home to less than 3 million people, so the tournament’s legacy needs to be handled carefully. The tournament organizers have promised to build stadiums with modular elements, which will be reconfigured after the tournament to provide a permanent legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup across the border in Qatar.

Following the tournament, about 170,000 seats will be allocated and provided to developing countries to develop their sports infrastructure. As many as 22 new stadiums will be built in the emerging economy, and this rearrangement will leave Qatar with 20-25,000 seats, suitable for its domestic entertainment needs.

Al Bayt Stadium

Host city: Al Khor
Gross capacity: 60,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Opening game and all matches through to the semi-finals

Provided by the Aspire Zone Foundation, the stadium can seat 60,000 spectators. It is unique with the giant tent structure throughout the stadium, which is named after Bayat al-Sha’ar – the tent has historically been used by nomads in Qatar and the Gulf region.

The design of the stadium respects Qatar’s past and present as well as being a model of green development and sustainability. After the tournament, the upper part of the stadium will be demolished and its seats will be removed, after which the seats will be donated to other countries.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Host city: Al Rayyan
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches, a round of 16

Located just outside Doha in Al-Rayyan, Al-Rayyan Stadium has been expanded to accommodate 40,000 spectators using timely modular material for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium reflects Qatari culture through its “spectacularly turbulent front”. After the tournament, it will be reduced to about 20,000 seats and the removed seats will be given to football development projects abroad.

Al Janoub Stadium

Host city: Al Wakrah
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches and a round of 16

Located in Al Waqrah, 18 kilometers from Doha, the stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and is part of a spacious sports complex with cycling and horse racing, shops, restaurants, and sports clubs. Following the FIFA World Cup, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced by 20,000 seats, which will ensure an electric environment for their Qatar Stars League matches.

Khalifa International Stadium

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches, a round of 16, and a playoff for the third-place game

The redesigned Khalifa International Stadium was originally built in 1976 and was renovated and expanded in 2005 to serve as the focal point for the 2006 Asian Games hosted by Qatar.

The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and a partially covered stand, is the centerpiece of the Aspire Zone, a sports complex that houses the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Hamad Aquatic Center, and Aspatar Sports Medicine Hospital, and many other sports venues.

Connected to the stadium by a walkway is the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, adding to the appreciation of how the place nurtures its past as it builds on an exciting future.

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Host city: Al Rayyan (Education City)
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches, a round of 16, and quarter-finals

The new Education City Stadium is located in the middle of several world-class university campuses in Education City, the Global Center of Excellence in Qatar.

The stadium can seat 40,000 spectators and takes the form of a jagged diamond. It is easily accessible to fans by road or metro. Following the FIFA World Cup, the stadium will hold 25,000 seats for the use of university athletic teams.

Over the next few decades, the Qatar Foundation Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability, and progress, in line with the goals of both the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Lusail Stadium

Host city: Lusail
Gross capacity: 80,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: All matches through to the final match

Located in the Al Dayen division, which is part of the developed Lusail City, the new Lusail Stadium is one of the earliest stadiums in Qatar’s World Cup and will host the final of the 2022 tournament.

Fans will find games through the upgraded road, Doha Metro, or Lucille Light Rail transit system and will be able to spend their time in different parks or theme parks.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches and a round of 16

The Ras Abu Oud Stadium project is a pioneer in the world of sports stadium construction. The stadium, made from shipping containers, will be completely demolished and the materials used in the construction will be reused.

The stadium is located minutes from Hamad International Airport and offers breathtaking views of the Gulf Coast and the West Bay skyscrapers.

Al Thumama Stadium

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Ready
Matches planned: Group matches, a round of 16, and quarter-finals

Al Thumama Stadium is an icon of unique Arab architecture, as it is inspired by the traditional kahfiya (caps worn by ghutras and eagles) in the Arab world. This design was chosen because it is a cultural commonplace among Arabs in the Arab world. Therefore, it reveals the depth of Arab civilization and the inherent cultural-historical heritage of the Arab countries.

The stadium is located a few minutes away from Hamad International Airport in the southern districts of Doha and has a capacity of at least 40,000 seats which will be reduced to 20,000 after the tournament and will be donated to developing countries.

Natural grass or artificial grass during the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup matches will be played on natural grass. Artificial grass is approved by the World Football Association through special distribution.

From two months before the start of the tournament, natural grass pitches can no longer be used for non-football events. As a result, FIFA hopes that the quality of the natural grass will be the best for the final tournament. It cannot be used for anything more than a month before it starts.

If artificial turf is to be used, the requirements of the FIFA Quality Program for pitch football turf and the International Artificial Turf Standard must be met.

In principle, training fields should have the same type of grass as stadiums in the same sports city.

During the Qatar World Cup, the football field must be 105 meters long and 68 meters wide. Grass height and watering are also determined.

Behind the goal, the players will have enough space to warm up during the match. A maximum of six players can warm up at once and only the goalkeeper can warm up with one ball.

In case of insufficient space behind the goal, a maximum of three players can simultaneously warm-up along the line during the match. Goalkeepers are not allowed to use the ball.

Obviously, the goalposts must be completely white, as well as the goal nets. Reserve goals, nets, and corner flags will be provided to ensure the progress of the game.

Qatar is the training ground for the World Cup
The training ground for the Qatar World Cup is provided five days before a team’s first game. The day after the elimination, a team can use the training ground one last time.

Teams are only required to use the designated areas for training or match preparation.

The training locations are of the best quality and the players are located near the hotel. A team can stay on the bus for a maximum of 20 minutes.

The size of a training field is 105 m by 68 m. There are lines and lights around the field. Includes shower, toilet, changing room, and locker.

Host cities World Cup 2022

Qatar has proposed to FIFA 7 host cities for the 2022 World Cup. Transportation options during the 2022 World Cup will deviate from the usual options at the World Championships, as all sports cities are located at relatively short distances from each other.

The World Football Championship will be played in 2022 in the following 7 cities:

  • Losail
  • Doha
  • Khor
  • Ash Shamal
  • Al Wakrah
  • Umm Salal
  • Al Rayyan

World Cup 2022 host cities

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be compact and has facilities for fans, FIFA, and the environment. Due to the compact schedule, football fans do not have to travel far to save money. Because not all cities are too far away. All major facilities and host cities are located within a radius of 60 kilometers. The environment is less damaged.

Innovative technology and advanced facilities will be created so that footballers and supporters can enjoy the 2022 World Cup in a cool environment.

2022 World Cup in the winter because of the heat in the summer

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. This was confirmed by FIFA on Friday, September 15, 2015. Worldwide tournaments typically last 31 days but have now been shortened to 28 days.

Shortest World Cup ever and the first in the winter months

A World Cup in the summer months is a common occurrence in European countries. But this time it is very hot in Qatar. So this will be the first football world cup in winter.

In just 28 days, the Qatar tournament is the smallest World Cup in 44 years. The 1978 World Cup final in Argentina lasted 25 days.

Major consequences for the gaming calendar

Moving the tournament to winter is a big consequence for the European calendar. The first World Cup in the winter caused a great deal of controversy in Europe. During the winter months, almost all the competitions are held there. Many may miss this huge World Cup.

Top European clubs are being paid around 195 million euros in compensation for releasing players for the World Cup in Russia (2018) and Qatar.

World Cup in November and December 2022

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in November and December, with the final of the tournament on December 18, 2022. With this, the final will be exactly on a national holiday of the host country.

Given that the Winter Olympics are being held from 4 to 20 February 2022, Ramadan starts on 22 April 2022 and it is too hot to play football between May and September, the period November / December 2022 is the only remaining option for the World Football Championship. It is of course impossible to organize the 2022 World Cup outside that year.

Watch matches live due to the time zone of Qatar

Qatar guarantees that everyone can follow the matches at the right times via the internet and TV. The time zone of Qatar is UTC+3, allowing Europe to follow the games at a good time. The IT facilities in Qatar will be very advanced. Regarding safety and security during the 2022 World Cup, Qatar must prepare a very well-tested plan. It is difficult to test a safety plan under the conditions of a World Football Championship.

World Cup 2022 times worldwide

Footballers/Players at the 2022 World Cup

Each country must initially provide a preliminary list with a maximum of 35 players for the 2022 World Cup. These footballers have the nationality of the country they represent.

The list will contain information on full names, shirt names, date and place of birth, passport number, size, weight, number of caps played, and goals scored.

Each country must then send a final list of 23 players to FIFA, of which at least 3 are goalkeepers. The players on this final list must also appear on the provisional list. The list also contains a maximum of 27 staff members.

A football player on the final list may only be replaced in case of injury or illness until one day before the first group match.

A player may only participate in the World Cup if he can identify himself by means of a passport.

Football players are allowed to play their last game for their own club by November 13, 2022. They should be available for the national team on November 14, 2022.

Shirts, uniforms, and competition clothing during the World Cup

The shirts, uniforms, and match clothing during the World Cup must comply with FIFA rules.

The uniform and other material must not bear any political, religious, or personal message or slogan. This applies to match days as well as during training sessions and press conferences.

Each team must be able to wear two different colors during the matches. These colors should be contrasting, and therefore should not resemble each other. This includes shirts, pants, and socks. For goalkeepers, three different colors must be determined.

FIFA determines which colors will be played, taking into account the preferences of a country. This prevents the shirts from looking too similar and confusing players.

Only the numbers 1 to 23 may appear on the shirts, of which number 1 is intended for the goalkeeper. The number is small on the front of the shirt and on the pants. On the back of the shirt is a large number, with the name of the player above it.

The teams also receive other materials to give to the teams, such as drinking bottles, coolers, medical bags, captain’s armbands, and so on. Furthermore, the countries receive balls from FIFA, with which they are obliged to train.

Referees at the World Cup in Qatar

Referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, and VARs for the World Cup in Qatar are designated by FIFA on a match-by-match basis.

The leaders will be selected from the international list and may not lead matches from their own country’s group.

There will be a reserve umpire for each match. If a referee or flagger is unable to whistle/flag the game, he is replaced by the fourth official.

Alcohol and beer allowed in limited places in Qatar

It is forbidden to drink alcohol in the stadiums during the 2022 World Cup. In a predominantly Muslim country, Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol, but non-Muslims may still be able to get a permit to drink beer in certain places.

With this measure, Qatar ensures that football fans cannot enjoy a beer before, during, and after the game. Of course, with this prohibition, the organization also hopes to prevent riots and disturbances.

The ban on alcohol during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar leads to a major problem for FIFA. Beer producer Budweiser is a major sponsor of FIFA and has been donating beer since 1986 during the World Football Championship.

Host country Qatar

Qatar is one of the countries bidding on the organization of the 2022 World Cup. A World Football Championship in Qatar will be the first-ever global sporting event in the Middle East. Qatar is located in the middle of the Middle East and is accessible to all football fans from all over the world. By holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, soccer becomes popular with more than 435 million people from the Middle East.

The locals are known for their hospitality and for sharing food with guests. Offering Arabic coffee and sweets is part of this hospitality.

Holiday Resorts and Historic Buildings

Qatar has many beautiful resorts where people can relax and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. Some of these resorts are located on the coast and close to major cities. As a tourist, you can walk for miles along the coast.

In addition, Qatar has historic buildings and castles, such as Al Zubarah Fort, Doha Fort, Barzan Towers, and Umm Salal Fort. There are several museums, such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, and Souq Waqif.

The nature of Qatar

The waters around Qatar are very clear and ideal for water sports, fishing, and diving at shipwrecks and coral reefs. The host country also has a number of small islands, artificial or not, such as Palm Island, Pearl Island, and the Zekreet peninsula.
In addition to the beaches and islands, Qatar also has beautiful deserts and stony terrains. Visitors to the 2022 World Championship can book trips to the desert, ride camels, and camp in a Bedouin tent. The Al Jassasiya is a stony area with prehistoric sculptures.

Compact World Cup football has advantages

The World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be compact and that has benefits for fans, FIFA, and the environment. Due to the compact schedule, football fans do not have to travel far and often, saving money. All major facilities and play cities are located within a radius of 60 km. The environment is also less affected by this.

Innovative technologies and advanced facilities will be built so that footballers and supporters can experience the 2022 World Cup in a cool environment.

Qatar invests heavily in stadiums and infrastructure

Qatar spends $ 500 million every week on the 2022 World Cup. Major investments are being made to improve infrastructure and money will be thrown in every week, expected to be in 2021. This brings the total investment to around $ 200 billion.

The investments are not only made for the football stadiums, but also for roads, railways, airports, and ports. Minister of Finance, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, indicated that 90% of all contracts for work for the World Cup have been awarded for years.

The host country has little experience

The organization of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is supported by the national and local authorities, the city authorities, and the stadiums. Football is still developing in the country and the youth teams have already achieved some international successes. In the past, Qatar has also organized the World Championship under 20 years (1995), the Asia Games (2006), and the Asia Cup (2011).

Due to the fact that Qatar has never organized a football tournament of such a large size and new stadiums have been built, the 2019 World Cup is being played as a test in the host country.

Football fans from all over the world will experience the magic of traditional Arabian hospitality. People will leave Qatar afterwards with a new image of the Middle East. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar brings people from all continents together, so that people will understand each other better. This fits perfectly with the FIFA: For the Game slogan; for the world.

Allocation World Cup 2022 to Qatar

World Cup 2022 allocation

During the FIFA meeting on 19 and 20 December 2008, it was confirmed that a bidding process for two World Championships is being held simultaneously. Interested countries will be invited to express their interest in the 2018 and/or 2022 World Cup. This is the first time that the organizers of two World Championships have been announced simultaneously. On 2 December 2010, it was decided that Qatar will be the host country for the 2022 World Cup.

Two weeks after the announcement of Qatar as the host country for the 2022 World Cup, Joseph Blatter makes a trip to the Gulf state. Upon arrival at the Qatar Football Association (QFA) headquarters, he met Mohamed bin Hammam (president of the Asian Football Confederation), Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (president of the QFA), Saoud Al-Mohannadi (secretary of the QFA) ) and Hassan Al-Thawadi (CEO of the Bid Committee of Qatar).

FIFA President and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani continued their way to the press conference, where official agreements for the organization of the 2022 World Cup are ready to be signed. “I am delighted to be in Qatar today, December 16, 2010, and to be able to sign these documents,” Blatter said. He congratulated the Qatar Football Association and the Bid Committee. FIFA is very satisfied with the decision of the Executive Committee to allocate the 2022 World Cup to an Arab country for the first time in history. Football will therefore be promoted worldwide.

The previous major football tournament for England was the European Championship 2020, the next being the European Championship 2024 in Germany. The next World Championship is the 2026 World Cup in America.

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