2022 World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the 22nd World Cup ever and the first championship in the Middle East.

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

The football tournament takes place in the winter (months of November and December), with the opening game being played on November 21 and the final on December 18, 2022.

The draw for the World Cup group format is in April 2022.

World Cup 2022 logo
Logo World Cup 2022

World Cup 2022 qualification

55 UEFA members will participate in the World Cup 2022 qualification, 13 of which will qualify for the 2022 World Championship. The qualifying matches will be played from March 2021 to March 2022.

The World Cup qualification consists of two phases: the group phase and the play-offs. The group stage consists of 10 groups from 5 or 6 countries, of which the numbers 1 directly qualify. The playoffs are played by the 10 numbers 2 from the group stage + 2 nations that have not yet qualified in the Nations League.

48 countries

There may be 48 countries participating in the World Championship 2022. This will also allow surrounding countries to organize competitions. FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed his preference for expanding the number of participants from 32 to 48 countries.

By extension, neighboring countries Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and / or Saudi Arabia may also be host countries for the football tournament. Qatar, however, does not have a good relationship with the neighbors because the host country is accused of financing terrorism. Human rights organizations are also afraid that the organization will not meet the standards and values that FIFA itself has drawn up.

The higher income is an advantage of a field of 48 countries. More games will be played in the same time frame. This means that the number of duels per day can go up to 6! The groups will consist of 3 countries and there will be a 16th final.

FIFA will officially decide on this agenda item on 5 June 2019. For the time being, the number of participants in 32 countries is and remains.

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.

Stadiums World Cup 2022

Qatar has proposed 8 stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. The total estimated budget for the football stadiums is $ 3 billion. Qatar will develop and use eco-friendly technologies for cooling the stadiums of the 2022 World Cup. These technologies can then also be used by other countries. After the 2022 World Cup, the built stadiums will be reduced in size, after which they will be used as permanent stadiums for regional clubs. Parts of the stadium can also be used as separate modules by other countries in Asia.

Both the opening match and the final of the World Cup are played in the Lusail Stadium.

The World Football Championship will be played in 2022 in the following 12 stadiums:

  • Al Bayt Stadion (Al Khor City): capacity 60.000 seats
  • Al Rayyan Stadion (Al Rayyan): capacity 44.740 seats
  • Al Thumama Stadion (Al Thumama gebied): capacity 40.000 seats
  • Al Wakrah Stadion (Al Wakrah): capacity 45.120 seats
  • Khalifa International Stadion (Doha): capacity 68.030 seats
  • Lusail Iconic Stadion (Losail): capacity 86.250 seats
  • Qatar Foundation Stadion (Doha): capacity : 45.350 seats
  • Ras Abu Aboud Stadion (Ras Abu Aboud gebied): capacity : 40.000 seats
World Cup 2022 stadiums - Al Bayt Stadium
World Cup 2022 stadiums - Al Bayt Stadium

Host cities World Cup 2022

Qatar has proposed 7 play cities for the 2022 World Cup to FIFA. The transport options during the 2022 World Cup will deviate from the usual options of a World Championship, because all playing cities are located at a relatively small distance 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
World Cup 2022 host cities

The 2022 World Cup 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 host 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 has proposed 7 host cities for the 2022 World Cup.

World Cup 2022 schedule

The World Cup 2022 schedule starts with the opening game at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 21 at 11 a.m. The final is at the Lusail Stadium on December 18 at 4 pm.

The schedule is very short at 28 days. During the group stage, four games are played per day for 12 days. In the knockout rounds, two matches per day are played. The semifinals and the finals are played on one day each.

Rest days in the schedule are Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 December. This means that the eighth finals connect directly to the group stage. Sunday 11 and Monday 12 December are also rest days between the quarterfinals and the semi-finals. Finally, the finalists can relax on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December.

World Cup 2022 schedule

2022 World Cup in the winter

The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar. That confirmed world football association FIFA Friday, September 15, 2015. The global tournament normally lasts 31 days, but is now shortened to 28 days.

A World Cup in the summer months is common, but in Qatar there is extreme heat. It will therefore be the first ever soccer World Cup in the winter.

With just 28 days, the Qatar tournament is the shortest World Cup in 44 years. The 1978 global final battle in Argentina lasted 25 days.

Shifting the tournament to the winter has major consequences for the European calendar. The first World Cup ever in the winter caused a lot of fuss at major competitions in Europe. Almost all competitions continue there during the winter months. Top European clubs are being compensated for around 195 million euros for giving up players for the World Cups in Russia (2018) and Qatar.

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.

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.

Qatar prohibits the pouring of alcohol and beer in the football stadiums

It is forbidden to drink alcohol in the stadiums during the 2022 World Cup. 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 World Championship 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 has proposed 7 playing cities for the tournament.

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 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 about 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
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.


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