The biggest football tournament in the world, one of the most followed sporting events around the whole world, is the FIFA world cup. The FIFA world cup 2022 is all set to be held in Qatar which is estimated to be a carbon-free event for the first time. This will also be one of the most compact world cups in terms of its schedule as fans will be able to watch one game in one stadium and then travel by road, water, or even use the metro to watch the other game at another stadium. This is the first time a country from the middle east has won the bid of organising this event. Ever since Qatar has been preparing its best to make a mark through its legacy of organizing this event in the grandest way possible.
How Qatar won the bid: FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
Less democracy leads to fewer problems and fewer negotiations at different levels. This phrase has been the deciding factor from some years of the football federation FIFA despite its internal policies and politics. Let’s look at some of the reasons Qatar won the bid for the FIFA world cup 2022 despite the bribery issues rising. One of the major reasons was the growth of football in the low countries and the Arabian peninsula. As the world cup in England or Germany will not help the growth of football in these nations, Qatar was found as a perfect pick as this tournament in Qatar has been framed for touching the whole area.
Mohammed Bin Hamman can also be considered as one of the adding points in winning the bid. In July 2011, he was banned from the FIFA committee concerning the corruption investigation conducted by the ethics committee. After his ban was lifted, he intended to run for president of the FIFA but this election committee would put him against Sepp Blatter. Surprisingly, he backed out from the election to not harm his friendship with Sepp Blatter. Many people term this incident as one helping factor that boosted the chance of Qatar to win the bid.
The final reason that experts suggest is money. Qatar reportedly invested something around 200 million USD in the bidding process while other competitors like Australia spent 42.7 million while the US just 5 million. In 2018, England invested 24 million US dollars for the process but at that time this was considered way too excessive. After the investments were made Qatar had more votes than other bidders combined and finally Qatar defeated the US by 14-8 and eventually won the bid.
Preparations of the FIFA World Cup 2022
Qatar has shown the world how it is ready to host the FIFA world cup in 2022. Other host nations previously used the confederation cups as ways to show the world that they are ready, Qatar similarly conducted Arab Cup to show the world that it’s ready. This tournament is already irregular as it is going to be played in November/December when the players will have to cut their club seasons and fly for their national duties. Several modern stadiums are being built for the event and the Arab Cup showed that the heat of the cup amidst the people will not be less.
Qatar has invested a whopping 200 billion US dollars in its infrastructural necessity for the world cup. They have also planned to increase the accommodation options from 40000 to 70000 for the world cup as about a million people are expected to join in as per the experts. While accommodation is very crucial in the case of Qatar, the Qatari officials also revealed a strategy of using cruise-type accommodation which can fit 40,000 people but also considered it difficult to handle.
Another option that came to mind of Qatari officials was of coming in coordination with the organizers of the British music festival, Glastonbury for using tents in the desert as one more option. Summer heat also is one factor that comes in the way of the world cup in Qatar but as the tournament is shifted to November/December, this might not come as a big problem. And also with air-conditioned stadiums, Qatar is trying its best to not face any backlashes during the time of the tournament.
Venues: of FIFA
This edition of the world cup will be the first one to be conducted with the fewest number of stadiums(8). Out of the 8 stadiums available, 7 will be newly built. Following are the 8 stadiums Qatar will be using:
This stadium will be the biggest stadium for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It has a maximum seating capacity of 86250. 5 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 matches, 1 quarterfinal match, semifinal match, and the final of the competition on 18th December 2022 will be hosted by this venue.
Al Byat Stadium
This stadium has a seating capacity of 60000 and is located in the city of Al-Khor. This stadium will be hosting the opener match on 21st November 2022. Along with that, it will be hosting 5 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 matches, 1 Quarter-Final, and 1 semi-final match.
Al Janoub Stadium
This stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40000 and will be hosting 5 group stage matches and 1 round of 16 matches in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Al Rayyan Stadium
This is one of the recently built stadiums and has a maximum seating capacity of 40000. This stadium is set to host 5 group stage matches and a round of 16 matches during the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa stadium will probably have the 2nd highest seating capacity in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a seating capacity of 68030 and has been renovated from its earlier capacity of 50000. This stadium will host the 3rd place match, 5 group stage matches, and also 1 round of 16 ties.
Education City Stadium
This stadium is located in Doha and this stadium also has a maximum seating capacity of 40000 set for this world cup. This stadium will be the venue for 1 quarterfinal match, 1 round of 16 matches, and 5 group stage matches during the world cup.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
This also is a recently built stadium for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40000 for this world cup. This stadium will also host 5 group stage matches and 1 round of 16 matches.
Al Thumama Stadium
This stadium also is recently built for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ql Thumama Stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40000. This stadium will also be hosting 5 group stage matches, along with 1 round of 16 matches and 1 quarterfinal match.
Schedule of the FIFA World Cup 2022
The draws have not been decided yet but the dates of the matches have been decided. Following are the dates of the matches to be played in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar:
- The group stage matches will begin from 21st November 2022 and will run till December 1st (Tentatively)
- A round of 16 matches will be played from the 3rd of December, 2022 to the 7th of December in different venues.
- The Quarter Final matches will be held on December 9th(one match), December 10th( two Matches), and December 11th (one match)
- The semi-finals will be held on December 14th and December 15th
- The third-place playoff match will be played on December 17th.
- The final will be played in Lusail Stadium on the 18th of December, 2022 from 20:45( Nepali Time)
Tickets to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
The best way to get the tickets for the world cup in Qatar is to simply visit the FIFA official website and then go to the tickets section. This will be the best way to get online tickets.
This is all one needs to know about the FIFA World Cup 2022. The schedules of the world cup will be available soon as the qualifiers get over. 213 teams are playing the qualifiers out of which 13 teams have qualified. The draws will be out soon.
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