The clock is ticking for the biggest tournament in football that is all set to happen in Qatar this year! Did you know that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is happening in the Arab world for the first time?! How amazing is this?
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here to tell you everything about it - let's get reading!
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The tournament will take place from 20 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar. This is the first World Cup that will be played in the winter with a total of 32 teams participating.
The group stage matches take place from 20 November to 2 December, while the quarter-finals will take place from 9 - 10 December. The semi-finals are due from 13-14 December and the final on December 18.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ slogan is "Now is All™".
As per Qatar2022.qa, it stands for "when you live your dream, realise your destiny – and own the moment."
This year's emblem design resembles the traditional woollen shawl that men and women wear across the Arab world during the winter months. The World Cup is also taking place in winter this year. The typeface brings traditional Arabic calligraphy into dialogue with other global languages.
8 venues are set to host the 64 matches. They are:
|Al Bayt Stadium||60,000|
|Khalifa International Stadium||40,000|
|Al Thumama Stadium||40,000|
|Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium||40,000|
|Education City Stadium||40,000|
|Al Janoub Stadium||40,000|
The cooling technology has been designed so that the optimal temperature of approximately 26 degrees Celsius is maintained in the stadiums. It is an estimated 40% more sustainable and energy-efficient as compared to conventional cooling techniques.
Using this cooling technology, the temperature can be controlled based on how many people are at the stadium. Hence, no matter what the temperature is outside, the players and the fans will stay comfortable thanks to the cool air being pushed through specially designed nozzles. The air in the stadiums will also be cleaned and purified.
The group phase will be played from 20 November to 2 December. The knockout phase will begin with the Round of 16 from 3-6 December.
The quarter-finals will be played on 9-10 December and the semi-finals on 13 & 14 December. The play-off for third place will be on 17 December, one day before the final on 18 December.
The opening match will be held at Al Bayt Stadium on 20 November 2022 between Qatar and Ecuador. Lusail Stadium will host the closing ceremony and final match of the 2022 World Cup on 18 December 2022.
Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands
England, IR Iran, USA and Wales
Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia
Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan
Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia
Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon
Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and Korea Republic
According to FIFA, the Last Minute Sales Phase is currently open online and will run until the end of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on 18 December. During this sales period, tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and ticket purchases are processed as a real-time transaction, subject to availability. All successfully purchased tickets will be confirmed immediately to the ticket applicants.
For those looking to buy tickets offline or require ticketing assistance, the FIFA Main Ticketing Centre has opened at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center. Another FIFA Ticketing Centre will open in Doha, on a date and location to be informed by FIFA in due course.
After buying tickets, a Hayya Card or Fan ID will be mandatory to be able to attend matches for local and international match attendees.
The Hayya Card will also act as an entry permit to Qatar for international visitors regardless of purpose and will be the only means to enter from 1 November 2022 till 1 January 2023. Check here for a step-by-step guide on how to apply for Hayya Card.
There are various types of accommodation available for fans attending the matches. There are currently no limits to the number of nights match ticket holders can book. However, bookings should align with the match attendance dates. You are welcome to book accommodation via hotel/holiday websites or other means.
Qatar Airways has tied up with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, and Saudia to connect match ticket holders to Doha via Match Day Shuttle flights for 24-hour experiences during the tournament period. This will provide for the travel of 18,000 fans daily for the duration of the tournament without the need to stay in Doha.
For the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the reimagined FIFA Fan Festival will be held at one central location at Al Bidda Park in Doha over the 29 days of the tournament (20 November – 18 December 2022). This go-to destination for fans on-site at Qatar 2022 will feature the following attractions:
The figures are in USD:
In addition, each qualified team will receive USD 1.5 million ahead of the competition to cover preparation costs.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will have a multi-song Official Soundtrack. So far, the tracks released are Hayya Hayya (Better Together), featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha; Arhbo featuring Puerto Rican rapper Ozuna & French-raised Congolese rapper GIMS; and Light the Sky featuring the haunting vocals of Emirati singer Balqees, Moroccan-Canadian sensation Nora Fatehi, Iraqi superstar Rahma Riad, and award-winning singer-songwriter Manal from Morocco.
The World Is Yours to Take was also recently released, a song that American rapper 'Lil Baby' released for World Cup 2022 in collaboration with Budweiser.
Listen to the official songs of the FIFA World Cup™ over the years here!
Qatar and FIFA have unveiled La’eeb as the Official Mascot for this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player. "He belongs to a parallel mascot-verse that is indescribable – everyone is invited to interpret what it looks like."
The Official Poster - Hayya to Qatar 2022™ - is displayed at the Hamad International Airport. People will have the chance to see the poster as they travel from and transit through Qatar.
The main poster represents traditional headwear being thrown in the air, symbolising celebration and football fandom across Qatar and the Arab world.
FIFA has announced that semi-automated offside technology will be used at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar starting on 20 November for all 64 matches, offering a support tool for the video match officials and the on-field officials to help them make faster, more accurate and more reproducible offside decisions on the biggest stage of all.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the first tournament to witness the participation of female referees. The decision to select three female referees and three assistant referees by FIFA as part of the World Cup finals in Qatar indicates the development of women in football.
Source: Qatar2022.qa, FIFA
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