On Wednesday FIFA announced the 2022 Football World Cup to be hosted by Qatar from November 22 – December 18. This is the second time an Asian country hosting football world cup.
The Al Bayt Stadium will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament on Monday, 21 November 2022. The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day. The longest distance between the two stages will be a maximum of 75 km that no air travel will be needed to move between the venues.
Fifa and Qatar’s Supreme Committee organizational body revealed in a joint statement that they expect the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity ground. Lusail Stadium in Doha having 80,000 seat capacity will be the ground for final on December 18.
The opening match will begin with a group stage having four matches a day for 12 days over eight stadiums around Qatar. Group matches will kick off at three-hour intervals. The tournament will then proceed with straight to the last 16, with two matches a day until two rest days and the start of the quarter- and semi-finals, which will both be happened to be in two days.
The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00. Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December. The final will kick-off will happen a day after at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium.
Asia and Africa have already begun the qualification for the World Cup 2022 while Europe is yet to start, the Americas and Oceania. Organizers revealed that the draw for the finals would be made “after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window”.
Al Bayt and Lusail stadiums are undergoing construction. Al Bayt ground which owns its shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region is nearing completion, according to the reports fro. World Cup organizers.
Last week’s rights group Amnesty International claimed that around a hundred migrant workers at the Al-Bayt stadium, which is 50 kilometers north of Doha, have not received outstanding wages in full due to the economic downturn amid the corona crisis.