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All about Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Tue 09 August 2022 | 15:30

2022 is here, and soon another round of the FIFA World Cup will take place, this time in Qatar. In this article today, we will take a look at all we know about the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup competition is now on its way, being scheduled to take place in November 2022, as the first-ever World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second one in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

Besides the locatin, what has made this upcoming tournament different from the previous ones, is that it is to be held from late November to mid-December, due to the Qatar's hot tempreture during summer, though it usually takes place in May, June, or July.

It is also worth mentioning that due to the time of the competition, the 2022 FIFA World Cup timeframe will be reduced, being around 28 days, while it is set to be the last FIFA World Cup tournament with 32 teams, as the 2026 United States, Mexico, and Canada tournament is scheduled to be held with 48 participants. 

But what other things should we know about

the 2022 FIFA World Cup

? Where are the venues? Which teams have been qualified and what is the schedule? Stay tuned to find answers to all these questions and more.

All you need to know about Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Before going through the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament, let’s take a quick look back in history. Shall we?

A short history of FIFA World Cup

To start with the FIFA World Cup history, we have to go back to the year 1930, when Uruguay was chosen to be the host of the first-ever World Cup, with a total of 13 teams as participants.

The first-ever player to score a goal in the FIFA World Cup competitions, was Lucien Laurent, France national team's player, the first two finalists were Argentina and Uruguay, and the first FIFA World Cup champion was Uruguay national team.

Since 1930 the tournament has been held every four years, except for the 1942 and 1946 World Cups, which were canceled due to the Second World War and its aftermath. It also has to be mentioned that during all these years only 8 countries have experienced winning the World Cup, with Brazil as the superior which has won five titles so far. Now that we know somehow enough about the World Cup’s tournament history, it is time to go over FIFA World Cup in 2022. Ready? Let’s carry on then.

Host selection

The first question to be answered is how was Qatar chosen as the tournament’s host?

The bidding procedure for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups’ hosts started in January 2009.

Eventually, there remained five bids for the 2022 World Cup, which were Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and the United States, among which Qatar was chosen finally as the host, despite several criticisms.

There have been also allegations of bribery and corruption in the selection process, which has later been investigated by FIFA.

Time to talk about the qualification process. Ready to know more? Let’s carry on then.

Qualification

To start with the

2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications

, we first have to mention a few facts.

As you may already know, the qualifying competitions of all FIFA's six continental confederations are organized by themselves. There are currently 211 FIFA member associations, which are all eligible to enter the qualification.

As this year’s tournament hosts, Qatar is automatically qualified for the tournament. On the other side, however, the former World Cup champion, France, has taken part in qualifying stages as normal.

It also has to be mentioned that Saint Lucia initially entered qualification but withdrew from it before their first match, along with North Korea which has been withdrawn due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

As for the tournaments allocations,

the 2022 FIFA World Cup

will be unchanged. Below you can see the allocation of slots for each confederation:

  • CAF (Africa): 5

  • AFC (Asia): 4.5 (not including host nation)

  • UEFA (Europe): 13

  • CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean): 3.5

  • OFC (Oceania): 0.5

  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4.5

The qualification matches started back in June 2019, with the Asian qualifying tournaments, where Mongolia defeated Brunei 2–0, to become the first qualifier.

It also has to be mentioned that Russia was banned from all major sporting events for four years in December 2019, by the World Anti-Doping Agency, when RUSADA was found non-compliant for handing over manipulating lab data to investigators. In addition, since their invasion of Ukraine, they were also suspended from all of their competitions. 

Now that we know all these facts, it is time to go through the qualified team and see which nations have been qualified to take part in the tournament.

Qualified teams

Here is a list of all the qualified teams to take part in the tournament.

  • Qatar

    as the Host nation was qualified on 2 December 2010

  • Germany

    as UEFA Group J winners was qualified on 11 October 2021

  • Denmark

    as UEFA Group F winners was qualified on 12 October 2021

  • Brazil

    as one of CONMEBOL top two teams were qualified on 11 November 2021

  • France

    as UEFA Group D winners was qualified on 13 November 2021

  • Belgium

    as UEFA Group E winners was qualified on 13 November 2021

  • Croatia

    as UEFA Group H winners was qualified on 14 November 2021

  • Spain

    as UEFA Group B winners was qualified on 14 November 2021

  • Serbia

    as UEFA Group A winners was qualified on 14 November 2021

  • England

    as UEFA Group I winners was qualified on 15 November 2021

  • Switzerland

    as UEFA Group C winners was qualified on 15 November 2021

  • Netherlands

    as UEFA Group G winners was qualified on 16 November 2021

  • Argentina

    as one of CONMEBOL top two teams was qualified on 16 November 2021

  • Iran

    as one of AFC Third Round Group A top two teams was qualified on 27 January 2022

  • South Korea

    as one of AFC Third Round Group A top two teams was qualified on 1 February 2022

  • Japan

    as one of AFC Third Round Group B top two teams was qualified on 24 March 2022

  • Saudi Arabia

     as one of AFC Third Round Group B top two teams was qualified on 24 March 2022

  • Ecuador 

    as one of CONMEBOL top four teams was qualified on 24 March 2022

  • Uruguay

     as one of CONMEBOL top four teams was qualified on 24 March 2022

  • Canada

    as CONCACAF Third Round winners was qualified on 27 March 2022 

  • Ghana

    as CAF Third Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022

  • Senegal

    as CAF Third Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022 

  • Portugal

    as UEFA Second Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022

  • Poland

    as UEFA Second Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022 

  • Tunisia

    as CAF Third Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022 

  • Morocco

    as CAF Third Round winner was qualified on29 March 2022

  • Cameroon

    as CAF Third Round winner was qualified on 29 March 2022 

  • United States

    as CONCACAF Third Round third place was qualified on 30 March 2022 

  • Mexico

    as CONCACAF Third Round runners-up was qualified on 30 March 2022

  • Wales

     as UEFA play-offs Path A winners was qualified on 5 June 2022 

  • Australia

     as AFC v CONMEBOL play-off winners was qualified on 13 June 2022 

  • Costa Rica

    as CONCACAF v OFC play-off winners was qualified on 14 June 2022

Venues

This year’s tournament venues were first unveiled in March 2010.

Qatar has aimed the stadiums to reflect the historical and cultural aspects of the country, being inspired by the terms "legacy", “comfort”, “accessibility”, and “sustainability”.

They have also equipped the stadiums with cooling systems which will reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 °C (36 °F).

It also has to be mentioned that according to their marketing statements, the stadiums will be Zero Waste.

You must also know that initially there were 12 stadiums planned to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament, but according to a report released in April 2013 by Merrill Lynch, the investment banking division of Bank of America, the organizers in Qatar requested FIFA to approve a smaller number of stadiums due to the growing costs. 

The eight host stadiums in Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament will be outdoor, among which only Al Bayt Stadium ia indoor:

  • Lusail Iconic Stadium with a capacity of 80,000 people in LusailAl Bayt Stadium with a capacity of 60,000 people in Al Khor

  • Stadium 974 with a capacity of 40,000 people in Doha

  • Al Thumama Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 people in Doha

  • Education City Stadium with a capacity of 45,350 people in Al Rayyan

  • Ahmed bin Ali Stadium with a capacity of 44,740 people in Al Rayyan

  • Khalifa International Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 people in Al Rayyan

  • Al Janoub Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 people in Al Wakrah

When was the final draw?

Now that we know all about the stadiums hosting

the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

, it is time to know more about the tournament itself. The tournament's final draw was held on 1 April 2022, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.

Here you can see the final draw results:

  • Group A:

    Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

  • Group B:

    England, Iran, USA, Wales

  • Group C:

    Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

  • Group D:

    France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

  • Group E:

    Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

  • Group F:

    Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

  • Group G:

    Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

  • Group H:

    Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Knockout stage schedule- Date and time

According to the schedule confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020, the opening match, with the hosts, Qatar and Ecuador will be played on 21 November 2022, 13:00 local time (UTC+3), at the Al Bayt Stadium.

There will be four matches a day, during the group stage, with kick-offs at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the first two rounds, and 18:00 and 22:00 for the simultaneous kick-offs of the last round and for knockout stage matches.

Also, we know that the third-place match is going to take place on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium, and the final will be played on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, both at 18:00. How exciting! Which teams will make their way to the final? Let us know in the comment section.

Before going through the next part, we also have to mention that the group stage matches for each group will be allocated as follows:

  • Groups A, B, E, F: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

  • Groups C, D, G, H: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium

Group stage

Here is all you need to know about the World Cup Group tables & fixtures.

Group A table & match schedule

  • Senegal vs. Netherlands:

     Monday, November 21, 5 a.m., at Al Thumama stadium

  • Qatar vs. Ecuador: 

    Monday, November 21, 11 a.m., at Al Bayt stadium

  • Qatar vs. Senegal:

     Friday, November 25, 8 a.m., at Al Thumama stadium

  • Netherlands vs. Ecuador

    : Friday, November 25, 11 a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

  • Netherlands vs. Qatar: 

    Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m., at Al Bayt stadium

  • Ecuador vs. Senegal: 

    Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

Group B table & match schedule

  • England vs. Iran:

     Monday, November 21, 8 a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

  • USA vs. Wales: 

    Monday, November 21, 2 p.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • Wales vs. Iran:

     Friday, November 25, 5 a.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • England vs. USA

    : Friday, November 25, 2 p.m., at Al Bayt stadium

  • Wales vs. England: 

    Tuesday, November 29, 2 p.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • Iran vs. USA: 

    Tuesday, November 29, 2 p.m., at Al Thumama stadium

Group C table & match schedule

  • Argentina vs. S. Arabia

     Tuesday, November 22, 5 a.m., at Lusail stadium

  • Poland vs. S. Arabia

     Saturday, November 26, 8 a.m., at Education City

  • Argentina vs. Mexico

     Saturday, November 26, 2 p.m., at Lusail stadium

Mexico vs. Poland

Tuesday, November 22, 11 a.m., at stadium 974

Poland vs. Argentina

Wednesday, November 30, 2 p.m., at stadium 974

S. Arabia vs. Mexico

Wednesday, November 30, 2 p.m., at Lusail stadium

Group D table & match schedule

  • Denmark vs. Tunisia:

     Tuesday, November 22, 8 a.m., at Education City

  • France vs. Australia: 

    Tuesday, November 22, 2 p.m., at Al Janoub

  • Tunisia vs. Australia:

     Saturday, November 26, 5 a.m., at Al Janoub

  • France vs. Denmark:

     Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m., at Stadium 974

  • Tunisia vs. France: 

    Wednesday, November 30, 10 a.m., at Education City

  • Australia vs. Denmark​: 

    Wednesday, November 30, 10 a.m., at Al Janoub

Group E table & match schedule

  • Germany vs. Japan

     Wednesday, November 23, 8 a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

  • Spain vs. Costa Rica: 

    Wednesday, November 23, 11 a.m., at Al Thumama stadium

  • Japan vs. Costa Rica: 

    Sunday, November 27, 5 a.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • Spain vs. Germany: 

    Sunday, November 27, 2 p.m., at Al Bayt stadium

  • Japan vs. Spain: 

    Thursday, December 1, 2 p.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

Costa Rica vs. Germany

​: 

Thursday, December 1, 2 p.m., at Al Bayt stadium

Group F table & match schedule

  • Morocco vs. Croatia:

     Wednesday, November 23, 5 a.m., at Al Bayt stadium

  • Belgium vs. Canada: 

    Wednesday, November 23, 2 p.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • Belgium vs. Morocco: 

    Sunday, November 27, 8 a.m., at Al Thumama stadium

  • Croatia vs. Canada: 

    Sunday, November 27, 11 a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

  • Croatia vs. Belgium: 

    Thursday, December 1, 10 a.m., at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • Canada vs. Morocco​: 

    Thursday, December 1, 10 a.m., at Al Thumama stadium

Group G table & match schedule

  • Switzerland vs. Cameroon:

     Thursday, November 24, 5 a.m., at Al Janoub stadium

  • Brazil vs. Serbia: 

    Thursday, November 24, 2 p.m., at Lusail stadium

  • Cameroon vs. Serbia: 

    Monday, November 28, 5 a.m., at Al Janoub stadium

  • Brazil vs. Switzerland: 

    Monday, November 28, 11 a.m., at Stadium 974

  • Cameroon vs. Brazil: 

    Friday, December 2, 2 p.m., at Lusail stadium

  • Serbia vs. Switzerland​: 

    Friday, December 2, 2 p.m., at Stadium 974

Group H table & match schedule

  • Uruguay vs. South Korea:

     Thursday, November 24, 8 a.m., at Education City

  • Portugal vs. Ghana: 

    Thursday, November 24, 11 a.m., at Stadium 974

  • South Korea vs. Ghana: 

    Monday, November 28, 8 a.m., at Education City

  • Portugal vs. Uruguay: 

    Monday, November 28, 2 p.m., at Lusail stadium

  • South Korea vs. Portugal: 

    Friday, December 2, 10 a.m., at Education City

  • Ghana vs. Uruguay​: 

    Friday, December 2, 10 a.m., at Al Janoub Stadium

Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16

The teams qualified at the group stages will then face their rivals at the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 as follows:

  • 1A vs. 2B:

    Saturday, December 3, ten a.m., at Khalifa Int'l stadium

  • 1C vs. 2D: 

    Saturday, December 3, two p.m, at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium

  • 1D vs. 2C:

    Sunday, December 4, ten a.m, at Al Thumama stadium

  • 1B vs. 2A:

     Sunday, December 4, two p.m, at Al Bayt stadium

  • 1E vs. 2F:

    Monday, December 5, ten a.m, at Al Janoub stadium

  • 1G vs. 2H:

    Monday, December 5, two p.m, at Stadium 974

  • 1F vs. 2E:

    Tuesday, December 6, ten a.m, at Education City stadium

  • 1H vs. 2G:

    Tuesday, December 6, two p.m, at Lusail stadium

2022 Qatar World Cup Quarterfinals

  • First quarter-final match: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H: it will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at Education City stadium

  • Second quarter-final match:  1A/2B vs. 1C/2D: it will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Lusail stadium

  • Third quarter-final match: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G: it will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. at Al Thumama stadium

  • Fourth quarter-final match:  1B/2A vs. 1D/2C: it will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Al Bayt stadium

2022 World Cup Semifinals

  • It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 between QF2 vs. QF1 at 2 p.m. at Lusail stadium

  • It will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14 between QF4 vs. QF3 at 2 p.m. at Al Bayt stadium

2022 World Cup 3rd Place

  • It will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17 between the semifinal defeated teams at 10 a.m. at Khalifa Int'l stadium

2022 World Cup Final

  • It will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18 between the semifinal winners at 10 a.m. at Lusail stadium

FIFA announced its list of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament officials and referees, which included 36 referees, 69 assistant referees, and 24 video assistant referees, on 19 May 2022. It is interesting to know that amongst the 36 referees, there are two from each Argentina, Brazil, England, and France countries, while there are also female referees for the first time at a major men's tournament.

The list of the female referees includes Stéphanie Frappart from France, Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan. There are also three female assistant referees.

Below you can see the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament referees listed:

AFC

  • Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

  • Chris Beath (Australia)

  • Alireza Faghani (Iran)

  • Ma Ning (China PR)

  • Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)

  • Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)

CAF

  • Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

  • Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

  • Victor Gomes (South Africa)

  • Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

  • Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)

  • Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

CONCACAF

  • Iván Barton (El Salvador)

  • Ismail Elfath (United States)

  • Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

  • Said Martínez (Honduras)

  • César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)

CONMEBOL

  • Raphael Claus (Brazil)

  • Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)

  • Kevin Ortega (Peru)

  • Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)

  • Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

  • Facundo Tello (Argentina)

  • Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)

OFC

  • Matthew Conger (New Zealand)

UEFA

  • Stéphanie Frappart (France)

  • István Kovács (Romania)

  • Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

  • Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

  • Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

  • Michael Oliver (England)

  • Daniele Orsato (Italy)

  • Daniel Siebert (Germany)

  • Anthony Taylor (England)

  • Clément Turpin (France)

  • Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

The tournament’s official emblem

As for the official emblem, you must know that it was unveiled on 3 September 2019 during simultaneous events at the Doha Tower, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Zubarah.

The Qatar 2022 emblem resembles the tournament trophy, the infinity symbol, and the number "8", which reflects the "interconnected" event and the eight host stadiums. Moreover, it contains waves resembling desert dunes and also shawls to signify the tournament's winter scheduling.

How to buy tickets

Now that we know all there is about the FIFA World Cup this year so far, it is time to talk about purchasing tickets and also traveling packages.

According to the 

official website

 of 

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

, from 8 March 2022, fans who submitted ticket applications during the random selection draw have received emails from FIFA. 

As for the other fans who hadn’t taken part in the random selection draw, an additional ticket sales period was run before the 

FIFA World Cup 2022™ Final Draw

 on 1 April.

Fan Travel Packages

The last subject to talk about in our article today is the fan travel packages, provided by Qatar Airways Holidays.

As one of the opportunities for football fans and travelers to enjoy 

the 2022 FIFA World Cup

, Qatar Airways Holidays has launched its unique fan travel packages, inclusive of match tickets, return flights, and accommodation options. Using this opportunity, fans can now guarantee their match tickets to support their favorite teams during the 2022 World Cup along with optional additional services to explore the stunning host country. To know more about these packages, you can visit 

Qatar airways' official website.

What else would you like to know about the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Let us know in the comment section.

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