FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Football fans were astonished when the World Football Association FIFA awarded the organization of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar on December 2, 2010. Finally, the oil state in the Middle East with less than 1.4 million inhabitants is allowed to organize a World Cup football.
The exact reason for Qatar’s election over favourite countries such as Australia, Japan and the United States, which were also in the race, has never been revealed. However, it has since been proven that several FIFA bosses would have received the money in exchange for their vote. They have also been convicted for this.
This plus the astronomical budget of more than 150 billion euros that the government of Qatar was prepared to invest in stadiums and in improving airports, roads, accommodations, and a new metro line. We can therefore say that the tournament has been bought.
Football World Cup matches
The group matches will be played between 14 and 28 June. After a day of rest, the World Cup continues on June 30 for four consecutive days with the eighth-finals. The World Cup participants who survive these matches will be given a few days of rest to prepare for the quarter-finals to be played on 6 and 7 July. Three days later, on July 10 and 11, the World Cup semi-finals will be played. On July 14 the consolation final will be played for places three and four and on Sunday, July 15 the final of the FIFA World Cup will be played in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
The opening ceremony will also take place in this stadium on 14 June and the first match of the World Cup will be played. Host country Russia kicks off against Saudi Arabia at 5 pm. The Luzhniki Stadium is one of two stadiums in Moscow. The Spartak stadium will also be used during the World Cup. The other cities and stadiums can be found on the World Cup host cities page. The Luzhniki stadium is by far the largest with its 80,000 seats.
Big favourites to survive the World Cup group stage are Uruguay and Russia in Group A, Spain and Portugal in Group B (does one of them drop a stitch and thus Morocco has a chance?), France and Denmark in Group C, Argentina and Croatia in Group D, Brazil and Switzerland in Group E (but Serbia is certainly not excluded from going through to the eighth-finals), Germany and Mexico (or Sweden?) in Group F, Belgium and England in Group G and finally Colombia and Poland in Group H.
A total of 210 countries are participating in the 2022 World Cup qualification: a new record. Europe is most strongly represented with 55 participating countries, followed by Africa (54) and Asia (45). In North America, including the Caribbean, 35 countries participate and in South America, only 10. Oceania has 11 participants who try to qualify for a place in the groups at the world championship.
The World Cup 2022 in winter
Only after the much-discussed assignment did doubts arise about the climate during a World Cup in Qatar. An average afternoon temperature in the shade of 40 degrees in June and July is hot to play football at world level for an hour and a half.
This has caused some discussion and concern at the headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Finally, FIFA decided to play the tournament in the winter. Despite protests from clubs and football associations that see their schedule for the competition and the Champions League come under pressure.
In the winter months, the average temperature in Qatar is around 29 degrees.
Time difference with Qatar
Football fans who remember the World Cup tournaments in Brazil and South Korea/Japan, for example, know that all those exciting matches in a distant country can sometimes lead to sleepless nights for TV viewers. This, because of the time difference. For every county around the world, this is different, as the time zones are different globally.
In Europe, people will not be bothered by this for most countries in 2022. The time difference with Qatar is somewhat good in this way. In winter, it is two hours later in Qatar than here. Therefore, it is expected that the matches in the Netherlands and Belgium will be played in the afternoon and evening.
Also excellent for the business community because a World Cup tournament with night matches almost always results in quite a few extra sick calls the morning after.
FAQ about FIFA World Cup 2022 Football
It will be a unique tournament in every respect: for the first time in winter, for the first time in the Middle East and in a desert climate. Through this website, we will keep you informed of all the news about the 2022 World Cup.
See below some of the FAQs we have received lately in our mailbox:
How many countries are participating in the World Cup in Qatar?
32 countries will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. All countries have to qualify through preliminary rounds, except the host country Qatar, which is automatically qualified for the final round of the World Cup in their own country.
Which countries will participate in the 2022 World Cup?
The participants for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are not yet known. This will only be known after all qualifiers from all continents have been played.
When is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
The World Cup in Qatar starts on Monday, November 21, 2022. The last match, the World Cup final, will be played on Sunday, December 18, 2022. So the 2022 World Cup will last from November 21 to December 18, 2022, the shortest World Cup ever (28 days).