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2022 FIFA World Cup
كأس العالم لكرة القدم 2022
Kaʾs al-ʿālam li-kurrat al-qadam 2022
Qatar 2022

Tournament logo
Tournament details
Host country Qatar
Dates21 November – 18 December
Teams32 (from 5 or 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 5 host cities)
2018
2026

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 22nd FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament that is scheduled to take place in 2022 in Qatar.

The tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. This is the first time a country in the Middle East will host the World Cup.

In May 2011, allegations of corruption within the FIFA senior officials raised questions over the legitimacy of the World Cup being held in Qatar. According to the vice-President Jack Warner, an email has been publicised about the possibility that Qatar 'bought' the 2022 World Cup through bribery via Mohammed bin Hammam who was president of the Asian Football Confederation at the time. Qatar's officials in the bid team for 2022 have denied any wrongdoing. The whistleblower at the centre of the story later claimed to have fabricated the allegations of corruption. FIFA confirmed receipt of the retraction.

The scheduling of the event is, as of January 2014, still uncertain. Concerns about holding the event during the traditional months for the World Cup finals of June and July have been expressed since the bid was made due to the climate in Qatar. In October 2013, a taskforce was commissioned to consider alternative dates, and report after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Logistical complications relating to the proposed change in timing caused FIFA President Sepp Blatter to admit in late 2013 that selecting Qatar as the host country may have been a mistake.

The issue of migrant workers' rights has also attracted attention, with an investigation by the Guardian newspaper claiming that many workers are denied food and water, have their identity papers taken away from them, and that they are not paid on time or at all, making some of them in effect slaves. The Guardian has estimated that up to 4000 workers may die due to lax safety and other causes by the time the competition is held.

Host selection

The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. Initially, eleven bids were made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings, and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid. Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, until Qatar took the 2022 cup. During the bidding process, all non-UEFA nations gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, thus making the UEFA nations ineligible for the 2022 bid.

There were eventually five bids for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States. The twenty-two member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments. The decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was graded as having "high operational risk", generated criticism from media commentators, LGBT rights groups and American, Australian and English officials. There have been allegations of bribery or corruption in the selection process involving four members of FIFA's executive committee, which FIFA investigated. However the whistleblower, revelead to be Phaedra Almajid, later retracted her claims of bribery. She claimed she fabricated them in order to exact revenge on the Qatari bid team for relieving her of her job with them. She also denied being put under any pressure to make her retraction. FIFA confirmed receiving an email from her which stated her retraction.

Qatar is the smallest nation by area ever to have been awarded a FIFA World Cup - the next smallest by area is Switzerland, host of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, which is more than three times as large as Qatar. Qatar is also expected to be the second-smallest host by population to host the competition - Uruguay had a population of 1.7 million by the time it hosted the 1930 World Cup, already less than Qatar's current 2013 population of 1.9 million.

The voting patterns were as follows:

2022 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)
Bidders Votes
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
 Qatar

11 10 11 14
 United States 3 5 6 8
 South Korea 4 5 5
 Japan 3 2
 Australia 1

Qualification

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

The qualification process for the 2022 World Cup has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations, of which there are currently 209, are eligible to enter qualification. Qatar, as hosts, qualified automatically for the tournament.

Qualified teams

Team Order of
qualification
Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Ranking
at start of event
 Qatar 1st Host 2 December 2010 1st

As of and inclusive of the 2014 cycle, Qatar had never qualified for a previous FIFA World Cup.

Venues

The first five proposed venues for the World Cup were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. The stadiums aim to employ cooling technology capable of reducing temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 °C (36 °F), and the upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the World Cup and donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure. All of the five stadium projects launched have been designed by German architect Albert Speer & Partners.

The Al-Khor Stadium is planned for Al Khor, located 50 kilometres north of Doha. The stadium will have a total capacity of 45,330, with 19,830 of the seats forming part of a temporary modular upper tier. The Al-Wakrah Stadium, to be located in Al-Wakrah in southern Qatar, will have a total capacity of 45,120 seats. The stadium will also contain a temporary upper tier of 25,500 seats. The stadium will be surrounded by large solar panels and will be decorated with Islamic art. The Al-Wakrah and Al-Khor stadiums would have been built regardless of whether Qatar was awarded the World Cup, according to the bid committee. However, the temporary upper-tier sections will now also be added as Qatar has won the right to host the tournament.

A report released on 9 December 2010 quoted FIFA President Sepp Blatter as stating that Qatar's neighbours could host some matches during the World Cup. However, no specific countries were named in the report. Blatter added that any such decision must be taken by Qatar first and then endorsed by FIFA's executive committee. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan told the Australian Associated Press that holding games in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and possibly Saudi Arabia would help to incorporate the people of the region during the tournament.

According to a report released in April 2013 by Merrill Lynch; the investment banking division of Bank of America, the organizers in Qatar have requested from FIFA to approve a smaller number of stadiums due to the growing costs. Bloomberg.com said that Qatar wishes to cut the number of venues to 8 or 9 from the 12 originally planned.

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Lusail
(Doha area)
Al Khor
Lusail Iconic Stadium Al Bayt Stadium
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 60,000
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Al Rayyan
(Doha area)
Education City Stadium Al-Rayyan Stadium
Capacity: 45,350 Capacity: 44,740
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Al Wakrah Doha
Al Janoub Stadium Stadium 974 Al Thumama Stadium Khalifa International Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000
Capacity: 40,000
(under construction)
Capacity: 40,000
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Schedule

The final draw is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 April 2022, prior to the completion of qualification. The two winners of the inter-confederation play-offs will not be known at the time of the draw.

The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020. The opening match, featuring the hosts Qatar, will be played on 21 November 2022, 13:00 local time (UTC+3), at the Al Bayt Stadium. During the group stage, four matches will be played each day, with kick-off times being 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the first two rounds, and 18:00 and 22:00 for the simultaneous kick-offs of the last round and for knockout stage matches. The third-place match will be played on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium, and the final will be played on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, both at 18:00.

Unlike previous tournaments where the match venues and kick-off times for each fixture are set prior to the draw, the assignment of group fixtures for each matchday to a specific venue and kick-off time will only be made after the group stage draw and the teams of each specific fixture are known. This is possibly due to the close proximity of the venues, which will allow the organizers to optimize stadium allocation for spectators and kick-off times for television audiences. The group stage matches for each group will be allocated to the following stadiums:

Group stage

Group A

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group A
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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21 November 2022 (2022-11-21)
13:00
Qatar  Match 1 A2 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
21 November 2022 (2022-11-21)
A3 v A4

25 November 2022 (2022-11-25)
Qatar  v A3
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25)
A4 v A2

29 November 2022 (2022-11-29)
A4 v  Qatar
29 November 2022 (2022-11-29)
A2 v A3

Group B

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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21 November 2022 (2022-11-21)
B1 v B2
21 November 2022 (2022-11-21)
B3 v B4

25 November 2022 (2022-11-25)
B1 v B3
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25)
B4 v B2

29 November 2022 (2022-11-29)
B4 v B1
29 November 2022 (2022-11-29)
B2 v B3

Group C

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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22 November 2022 (2022-11-22)
C1 v C2
22 November 2022 (2022-11-22)
C3 v C4

26 November 2022 (2022-11-26)
C1 v C3
26 November 2022 (2022-11-26)
C4 v C2

30 November 2022 (2022-11-30)
C4 v C1
30 November 2022 (2022-11-30)
C2 v C3

Group D

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group D
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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22 November 2022 (2022-11-22)
D1 v D2
22 November 2022 (2022-11-22)
D3 v D4

26 November 2022 (2022-11-26)
D1 v D3
26 November 2022 (2022-11-26)
D4 v D2

30 November 2022 (2022-11-30)
D4 v D1
30 November 2022 (2022-11-30)
D2 v D3

Group E

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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23 November 2022 (2022-11-23)
E1 v E2
23 November 2022 (2022-11-23)
E3 v E4

27 November 2022 (2022-11-27)
E1 v E3
27 November 2022 (2022-11-27)
E4 v E2

1 December 2022 (2022-12-01)
E4 v E1
1 December 2022 (2022-12-01)
E2 v E3

Group F

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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23 November 2022 (2022-11-23)
F1 v F2
23 November 2022 (2022-11-23)
F3 v F4

27 November 2022 (2022-11-27)
F1 v F3
27 November 2022 (2022-11-27)
F4 v F2

1 December 2022 (2022-12-01)
F4 v F1
1 December 2022 (2022-12-01)
F2 v F3

Group G

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group G
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]]
 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]]
 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]]
24 November 2022 (2022-11-24)
G1 v G2
24 November 2022 (2022-11-24)
G3 v G4

28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
G1 v G3
28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
G4 v G2

2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
G4 v G1
2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
G2 v G3

Group H

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]] Advance to knockout phase
 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]]
 [[? {{{altlink}}}|?]]
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24 November 2022 (2022-11-24)
H1 v H2
24 November 2022 (2022-11-24)
H3 v H4

28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
H1 v H3
28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
H4 v H2

2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
H4 v H1
2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
H2 v H3

Knockout stage

Bracket

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
3 December – Al Rayyan (Khalifa)            
 Winner Group A  
9 December – Lusail
 Runner-up Group B    
 Winner Match 49  
3 December – Al Rayyan (Ahmed bin Ali)
   Winner Match 50    
 Winner Group C  
13 December – Lusail
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner Match 57  
5 December – Al Wakrah
   Winner Match 58    
 Winner Group E  
9 December – Al Rayyan (Education City)
 Runner-up Group F    
 Winner Match 53  
5 December – Doha (974)
   Winner Match 54    
 Winner Group G  
18 December – Lusail
 Runner-up Group H    
 Winner Match 61  
4 December – Al Khor
   Winner Match 62  
 Winner Group B  
10 December – Al Khor
 Runner-up Group A    
 Winner Match 51  
4 December – Doha (Al Thumama)
   Winner Match 52    
 Winner Group D  
14 December – Al Khor
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner Match 59  
6 December – Al Rayyan (Education City)
   Winner Match 60     Third place
 Winner Group F  
10 December – Doha (Al Thumama) 17 December – Al Rayyan (Khalifa)
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner Match 55    Loser Match 61  
6 December – Lusail
   Winner Match 56      Loser Match 62   
 Winner Group H  
 Runner-up Group G    

Round of 16

3 December 2022 (2022-12-03)
18:00
Winner Group A Match 49 Runner-up Group B Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

3 December 2022 (2022-12-03)
22:00
Winner Group C Match 50 Runner-up Group D Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

4 December 2022 (2022-12-04)
18:00
Winner Group D Match 52 Runner-up Group C Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

4 December 2022 (2022-12-04)
22:00
Winner Group B Match 51 Runner-up Group A Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

5 December 2022 (2022-12-05)
18:00
Winner Group E Match 53 Runner-up Group F Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

5 December 2022 (2022-12-05)
22:00
Winner Group G Match 54 Runner-up Group H Stadium 974, Doha

6 December 2022 (2022-12-06)
18:00
Winner Group F Match 55 Runner-up Group E Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

6 December 2022 (2022-12-06)
22:00
Winner Group H Match 56 Runner-up Group G Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Quarter-finals

9 December 2022 (2022-12-09)
18:00
Winner Match 53 Match 58 Winner Match 54 Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

9 December 2022 (2022-12-09)
22:00
Winner Match 49 Match 57 Winner Match 50 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

10 December 2022 (2022-12-10)
18:00
Winner Match 55 Match 60 Winner Match 56 Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

10 December 2022 (2022-12-10)
22:00
Winner Match 51 Match 59 Winner Match 52 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Semi-finals

13 December 2022 (2022-12-13)
22:00
Winner Match 57 Match 61 Winner Match 58 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

14 December 2022 (2022-12-14)
22:00
Winner Match 59 Match 62 Winner Match 60 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Third-place match

17 December 2022 (2022-12-17)
18:00
Loser Match 61 Match 63 Loser Match 62 Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Final

18 December 2022 (2022-12-18)
18:00
Winner Match 61 Match 64 Winner Match 62 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Marketing

Branding

The tournament logo was unveiled on 3 September 2019. The official unveiling took place in Doha, at 20:22 local time, with thousands of spectators witnessing the synchronised projection of the emblem onto a number of the country’s most iconic buildings, including Burj Doha, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Ministry of Interior, Souq Waqif and Msheireb and Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The emblem’s design embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world, while also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game. The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event. Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woollen shawl.

Broadcasting rights

  • Australia – SBS
  • Brazil – Rede Globo
  • Canada – CTV, TSN, RDS
  • Caribbean – International Media Content, SportsMax
  • Europe – European Broadcasting Union (37 countries)
  • Middle East – Al Jazeera
  • Portugal - RTP
  • Sweden – SVT, TV4
  • Switzerland – SRG SSR
  • United States – Fox, Telemundo

See also

External links

2022 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

Knockout stage  · Final

Qualification · Squads

2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums

Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor) · Al Rayyan Stadium (Al Rayyan) · Al Thumama Stadium (Doha) · Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah) · Education City Stadium (Doha) · Khalifa International Stadium (Doha) · Iconic Stadium (Lusail) · Ras Abu Aboud Stadium (Doha)

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