FIFA World Cup 2022 – Qatar
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FIFA World Cup 2022 – Qatar

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Football is the most popular sport in the world. It is estimated that more than half of the population of the world are football lovers and followers. Football is more popular in Europe and America than in any other continent. The sport is characterized by two teams of eleven players and two goals. The objective of the sport is to drive a ball into the goal defended by the opponent team.

What is FIFA?

FIFA is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football. FIFA is responsible for the organization and promotion of football’s major international tournaments. It is the highest governing body of football.

FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association which is a French abbreviation. In English, the translation is: International Federation of Association Football. It was founded in Paris on May 21, 1904, by representatives from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland; headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Presently Mr. Gianni Infantino is the president of FIFA.

How many countries are members?

FIFA has now comprised 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America. All FIFA tournaments generate revenue from sponsorship. In 2018, FIFA had revenues of over US $4.6 billion, ending the 2015–2018 cycle with a net positive of US$1.2 billion and had cash reserves of over US$2.7 billion.

FIFA 2022:

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar. It will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host a World Cup; first in a Muslim-majority country and the second Asian country after the 2002 tournament which was held in South Korea and Japan. It is also the first smallest country to host a FIFA World Cup. So lots of controversies provoked due to concerns over the country’s suitability. Allegations of corruption in the bidding process also arose but now everything has been solved.

As per census 2017, Qatar’s total population was 2.6 million: 313,000 local citizens and 2.3 million expatriates. Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar has the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves and the most advanced Arab state for human development.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, son of Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the then Emir of Qatar, was the chairman of the bid committee. With unique features, spectacular, state-of-the-art stadiums and the tradition of Arab hospitality will definitely attract the visitors. Qatar is representing the Arab World as a host and they are also getting support from all middle-east countries. This world cup is an opportunity for Arab countries to bridge the gap between the Arab World and the European and Western countries.

Qatar is a high-temperature country. The average temperature is 40-42 degrees Celsius so it was very difficult to schedule in summer than it takes place in the winter from November 21 to December 18. This will also mark the first World Cup not to be held in May, June, or July. Time frame also reduced as now it is 28 days tournament as December 18 is Qatar’s National Day.

FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the last world cup to involve 32 teams because, in the next world cup, 48 teams will play in the 2026 world cup. A total of 65 matches will be played in around 8-12 playing grounds. Opening and Final match will be played at Lusail Stadium where 80,000 football lovers can see the match.

Detail of the stadiums where all 65 matches will be played.

Stadium Name

Capacity

Opening

Status

Lusail Stadium, Lusail

80,000 Seats

2021

Under Construction

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

60,000 Seats

2019

Under Construction

Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Wakrah

40,000 Seats

2019

Under Construction

Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Rayyan

40,000 Seats

2021

Under Construction

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

40,000 Seats

2019

Under Construction

Qatar Foundation Stadium, Doha

40,000 Seats

2021

Under Construction

Two more stadiums are in the planning in the Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama areas in Doha. Further stadiums have been proposed to get to a total of 12 stadiums, but these have not been confirmed yet and are unlikely to all get built. FIFA requires a minimum of 8 playing stadiums.

 

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