Fifa World Cup 2022: What Every Football Fan Must Know


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This is the first time that the World Cup is being hosted by a Middle Eastern country, and it’s sure to be an event of international significance. The matches are scheduled to take place in November and December, with Qatar playing host to 24 games, including one semi-final match, which they hope will bolster support for their campaign to host the 2030 World Cup as well.

Organizers are planning an elaborate series of events, welcoming people from all over the world. The event will include 5 gated stadiums equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. To keep up with the advancements in technology, it is said that there will be free Wi-Fi access within a five-kilometer radius around each stadium where access will be free.

Tickets will go on sale starting in 2018, and there are plans to extend the reach of the event by partnering with 20 nearby nations. This includes nations like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan who plan to use this opportunity as a way to strengthen ties between their countries.

The government of Qatar is taking great strides to support the event. Their goal is to generate $140 billion in revenue, which would place them $8 billion above South Africa’s record of $122 billion for the 2010 World Cup. Qatar has also invested money into advertising campaigns like “Fifaversa” which features prominent figures like Cristiano Ronaldo and Tim Cahill who are excited about the upcoming event.

The cultural impact of the event may be seen in their legal system considering that alcohol is considered a required element for any major sporting event. This year, Qatari officials are planning to ease restrictions on beer and wine sales within stadiums compared to previous World Cups where they were not allowed at all.

Challenges

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The 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010 after a controversial vote before the FIFA presidential election. The decision to choose the country that would host the event has been questioned due, in part, to allegations of corruption regarding how it won its bid. A FIFA internal investigation and report cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing, but chief investigator Michael J. Garcia has criticized the report as being inaccurate and incomplete. He has since sued FIFA for withholding information to which he believes he is entitled as a result of his investigation.

According to reports from human rights organizations, thousands of people work in dangerous conditions without any pay on construction sites in Qatar. They are said to be enslaved, finding it difficult to get paid, and frequently being refused to do basic activities like handing out passports or permits. As a result, many of the laborers, who go without food and water at certain points, plan for a quick escape.

When Qatar was announced as the host in 2010, one of FIFA’s requirements was that there needed to be air-conditioned stadiums installed in order to accommodate the Arab nation’s extreme heat (which reaches beyond 100 degrees Fahrenheit under direct sunlight).

On May 27, 2015, Swiss federal prosecutors began an investigation into corruption and money laundering in connection with the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. [5] On August 6, 2018, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter alleged that Qatar used “black ops” to win the hosting rights.

Several construction projects have been started in preparation for 2022, while the country also faces a litany of complaints regarding worker rights. In particular, there has been a lot of criticism directed toward Qatar due to the treatment of foreign laborers during the Globe Cup preparations, with Amnesty International describing forced labor and claiming that hundreds of thousands of migrant workers have perished as a result of working in unsafe conditions.

Qatari officials have denied these claims, but the International Trade Union Confederation has submitted its support for Amnesty’s claims in order to stop this “modern-day slavery.”

Qatar has seen several enhancements in labor legislation since 2015, including a minimum wage for all workers that have been implemented between 2021 and 2023, the abolition of the kafala system (2015-2021), and new labor reforms (2015-2021). According to Amnesty International, these steps are “a significant step toward protecting migrant workers.”

Venues for the event

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The first five proposed sites for the World Cup were revealed on March 1, 2010. The country intends for the stadiums to reflect historical and cultural aspects of Qatar and for the concepts to fulfill the following criteria: “legacy,” “comfort,” “accessibility,” and “sustainability.”

The cooling systems will be installed in the stadiums to reduce temperatures by up to 20°C (36°F), but it’s not known if this will work in the open-air stadiums.

As a result of the World Cup, the stadiums will be “zero waste,” and after the tournament, their upper levels will be deconstructed and sent to countries with less developed sports infrastructure. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be fully compliant and GSAS-certified for all stadium facilities.

The Al Bayt Sports City is the only one that has yet to be built, although at least four others are in the works. Albert Speer & Partners designed all of the five stadium projects that have thus far been announced. The Al Bayt Stadium will be the only indoor stadium of the eight used.

On December 9, 2010, according to a FIFA press release, Blatter said that other countries might stage some matches during the World Cup. However, no particular nations were mentioned in the story.

Blatter stated that any such move must come from Qatar and then be approved by the FIFA executive committee. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said to the Australian Associated Press that staging fixtures in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and possibly Saudi Arabia would allow for more integration of players from throughout the region during the tournament.

The organizers in Qatar have requested FIFA to approve a smaller number of stadiums as a result of the rising costs, according to a Merrill Lynch report published in April 2013. [49] According to Bloomberg.com, Qatar would like to reduce the number of stadiums from the originally planned twelve.

Despite the fact that FIFA has yet to finalize the number of stadiums Qatar must have ready in five years’ time, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy predicted there would be eight in and near Doha (with the exception of Al Khor), as of April 2017.

Infantino indicated in January 2019 that FIFA is considering having neighboring nations host matches during the event to minimize political disputes.

Schedule

On 1 April 20beforer to the conclusion of qualification, the final draw will be held in Doha, Qatar. [61] The two winners of the inter-confederation play-offs will not be known when the draw takes place.

On 15 July 2020, the schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was announced by FIFA. The first game, between hosts Qatar and Iraq, will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha on 21 November 2022 at 13:00 local time (UTC+3).

Four games will be played each day during the group stage, with times of 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the first two rounds, and 18:00 and 22:00 for knockout stage encounters.

The third-place game will be held on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, and the final will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Doha on 18 December 2022 at 18:00.

The assignment of group fixtures for each matchday to a specific venue and kick-off time will only be decided after the conclusion of the group stage draw, which will take place after the March 2022 international match window.

This is most likely owing to the closeness of the venues, allowing the organizers to optimize stadium used for spectators and television broadcast times.

Another men’s FIFA World Cup will take place in just a few months. The 2022 Qatar edition will be the first to be held in the Middle East and the first to be held in November and December at the end of the year.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Lusail, Al-Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, and Dfore of four months. A total of 24 stadiums will be used throughout the country’s five major cities: Doha, Lusail, Al-Khor, Al Rayyan.

Africa (CAF): 5

Asia (AFC): 4, plus 1 playoff qualifier

Europe (UEFA): 13

North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3, plus 1 playoff qualifier

Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier

South America (CONMEBOL): 4, plus 1 playoff qualifier

The two playoff series, featuring one nation from each of four different regions, will determine the final two qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

When does the World Cup start?

Inaugural matches: Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

World Cup final: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off on a Monday with four matches in Qatar. The World Cup final will still be held on a Sunday, as per tradition. The trophy will be hoisted by the winner on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.

Only three teams have officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including the host nation. After Qatar, four-time World Cup champion Germany and Euro 2021 semifinalist Denmark were the first two nations to book their ticket to the big dance with two qualifying matches to spare.

There are mere months before another men’s FIFA World Cup. The 2022 Qatar edition will be the first tournament hosted in the Middle East and the first to be held at the end of the calendar year in November and December.

How many teams are in the World Cup?

The 2022 men’s World Cup will feature 32 teams before expanding to 48 for the 2026 tournament. For the past six World Cups, the FIFA men’s World Cup has featured 32 teams.

The World Cup 2022 qualification matches will determine which 31 nations will play in Qatar. Each region’s ranking in the previous FIFA World Ranking was used to establish how many teams would qualify from it.

Africa (CAF): 5

Asia (AFC): 4, plus 1 playoff qualifier

Europe (UEFA): 13

North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3, plus 1 playoff qualifier

Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier

South America (CONMEBOL): 4, plus 1 playoff qualifier

The two playoff series, featuring one nation from each of four different regions, will determine the final two qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

When does the World Cup start?

Inaugural matches: Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

World Cup final: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off on a Monday with four matches in Qatar. The World Cup final will still be held on a Sunday, as per tradition. The trophy will be hoisted by the winner on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.

Which teams have qualified for the World Cup?

Only three teams have officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including the host nation. After Qatar, four-time World Cup champion Germany and Euro 2021 semifinalist Denmark were the first two nations to book their ticket to the big dance with two qualifying matches to spare.

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