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All about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

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Everything about FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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!

Please save this link, we will be updating this as and when we have more information!

When is the tournament taking place?

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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 taking part in it.

Which are the countries qualified for Qatar 2022?

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Qatar 2022 qualified national teams.
  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. Croatia
  5. Denmark
  6. England
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. IR Iran
  10. Korea Republic
  11. Netherlands
  12. Qatar (host)
  13. Serbia
  14. Spain
  15. Switzerland
  16. Japan
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Ecuador
  19. Uruguay
  20. Canada
  21. Ghana
  22. Senegal
  23. Portugal
  24. Poland
  25. Tunisia
  26. Morocco
  27. Cameroon
  28. USA
  29. Mexico
  30. Wales
  31. Australia
  32. Costa Rica

What is the slogan of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

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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."

What is the emblem of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

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Image credit: beIN Sports

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.

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How many World Cup stadiums does Qatar have?

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8 venues are set to host the 64 matches. They are:

  1. Al Bayt Stadium
  2. Khalifa International Stadium
  3. Al Thumama Stadium
  4. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
  5. Lusail Stadium
  6. Stadium 974
  7. Education City Stadium
  8. Al Janoub Stadium

What is the capacity of each World Cup stadium?

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Stadium Name Capacity
Al Bayt Stadium 60,000
Khalifa International Stadium 40,000
Al Thumama Stadium 40,000
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium 40,000
Lusail Stadium 80,000
Stadium 974 40,000
Education City Stadium 40,000
Al Janoub Stadium 40,000

Are the World Cup stadiums in Qatar air-conditioned?

Awesome technologies you'll see during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar
Image credit: Qatar 2022

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.

What is the match schedule?

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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.

  • Click here for the full match calendar.

When and where are the opening and final matches for FIFA World Cup 2022?

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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.

What are the group stage matches?

Group A

Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands

Group B

England, IR Iran, USA and Wales

Group C

Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D

France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia

Group E

Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan

Group F

Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia

Group G

Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon

Group H

Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and Korea Republic

How to purchase World Cup tickets?

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The remaining FIFA World Cup™ tickets are now on sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales will be open until 16 August 2022. Fans can now confirm their purchase immediately after making payment.

  • Click here for the full details.

How to apply for the Hayya Card?

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Have you applied for your Hayya Card yet?

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.

  • Click here to apply for the same.

Where can you stay in Qatar for World Cup?

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Screengrab of qatar2022.qa.
  • Apartments & Villas
  • Hotels
  • Cruise Ship Hotels
  • Holiday Homes
  • Fan Villages
  • Friends & Family: If you are planning to have guests, including family members and friends, stay during the tournament, then you will need to register your property. This is so your guests' Hayya Card applications can be validated. We've listed the steps for it below.

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How to book accommodation?

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Steps to book accommodation.

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.

  • Click here to see how you can book your accommodation.

What are Match Day Shuttles?

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Image credit: Press Release

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.

  • Click here for the full details.

What can you expect at the FIFA Fan Festival™?

As per the official Qatar2022.qa website as of August 2022:

  • The FIFA Fan Festival™ will be located in Al Bidda Park, close to the Doha Corniche.
  • Al Bidda Metro Station (Red and Green lines) exits directly into the park and Corniche Metro Station (Red line) is within walking distance.
  • Stadium Express Buses will be available and high-capacity bus routes will be added to support the movement of fans and the general public within this area.
  • Car parking in the area is limited, so we recommend using public transport.
  • Taxi and shared ride drop-off and pick-up is close to the park.

Click here for the latest info.

What is the prize money for the winner?

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What does the winner get?

The figures are in USD:

  • Champions: USD 42 million
  • Runners-up: USD 30 million
  • Third place: USD 27 million
  • Fourth place: USD 25 million
  • 5th-8th place: USD 68 million (USD 17 million per team)
  • 9th-16th place: USD 104 million (USD 13 million per team)
  • 17th-32nd place: USD 144 million (USD 9 million per team)

In addition, each qualified team will receive USD 1.5 million ahead of the competition to cover preparation costs.

What is the Official Soundtrack?

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Image credit: Press Release

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack kicked off with the release of the single Hayya Hayya (Better Together), featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha, ahead of tonight’s final draw for the tournament.

  • Click here to listen to this peppy number!

What is the Official Mascot?

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Image credit: FIFA

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."

What is the Official Poster?

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Image credit: Road to 2022

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.

Why will semi-automated offside technology be used?

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Image credit: FIFA.com

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.

Will we see female referees for the first time?

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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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