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Posted On: 3 September 2018 05:23 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Over 43,000 sign up as FIFA 2022 volunteers on first day

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has officially opened doors for people from Qatar, region and the world to register as volunteer to support preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Within first four hours of the launch, more than 12,000 people signed up as volunteers via the registration platform It hit 43,014 while going to press.

Volunteers will contribute towards numerous Qatar 2022 milestones, including stadium launches and test events. They will support in a range of functions, including event management, hospitality, marketing, communications, audience management, security, medical services and more.

Applicants must be aged 16 and over, they are not required to have any volunteering experience and will receive training in the lead-up to the tournament, which will kick off on November 21, 2022.

Working as a volunteer now will give participants an advantage when applying for FIFA’s Qatar 2022 volunteer programme, which will cover various aspects of the tournament, including match day operations.

During the launch event at the Four Seasons Doha, SC unveiled the first 22 volunteers from countries across the region, including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Talking to The Peninsula, Nasser Al Khater, SC’s Assistant Secretary-General for Tournament Affairs said: “We are pleased to welcome volunteers from Qatar, Arab region and the world. We aim to recruit about 14,000-16,000 volunteers. Volunteers will play an important role throughout the tournament and we will make sure that all our volunteers are well trained. We will manage everything with special care whether it is transportation or related to any other field. We will sit and talk with officials from Russia to discuss what we need to improve in order to deliver the best for our audience.”

During the event, SC’s Secretary-General, Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Volunteers would play a pivotal role in helping Qatar deliver a unique tournament. We have always maintained that this tournament is one for the whole region. Now, we are excited to open registration for volunteers interested in joining us on our journey.

“This tournament will provide a platform to showcase the true nature of the Arab world and volunteers will be essential partners in ensuring that all our preparations for 2022 help achieve this,” Hassan added.

Mead Al Emadi, the SC’s Community Engagement Manager, gave a presentation during the event that offered details on how to sign-up as a volunteer. Mead Al Emadi told The Peninsula: “We are looking forward to cater huge number of volunteers, fans and spectators. We will provide special training to all our volunteers depending on which field they choose. The opportunity to participate in such a tournament is unprecedented and I encourage all interested football fans and volunteers from around the world to join us on the road to 2022.”

The event also hosted a panel session involving,Mohammed Saadon Al Kuwari, Ambassador of SC; Faisal Al Shanfari from Oman and member of the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities; and Mohamed Essoussi, from Tunisia, who was a volunteer during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Al Kuwari called on people from across the region to unite in support of Qatar’s tournament.

Essoussi, who spent time volunteering with FIFA’s anti-doping unit during Russia 2018, said: “There are many advantages to volunteering. It gives you the chance to meet people from all over the world. You also have the opportunity to represent your country and region.I volunteered as I wanted to give a good image of Arab youth. Now I have returned from Russia, I feel very proud at what I achieved.”

Al Shanfari from Oman said: “Volunteering has many positive impacts and offers the chance to learn important skills. I have seen people change their outlook through volunteering. This is the first time the World Cup will be held in our region, so it’s a valuable opportunity for millions of people.”

Volunteers interested in registering their interest can visit

Source: https://www.thepeninsulaqatar....