It’s official, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar.
After a lengthy bidding process, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) announced on Tuesday that there will be no new voting process and the host nation will remain as Qatar.
If you’re wondering when and where the World Cup 2022 will take place, we have all the details right here.
Let’s take a look at what we know about the upcoming tournament so far…
2022 world cup basics
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st edition of the global soccer competition. 32 teams (up from the current total of 32) will be competing for the trophy in Qatar.
The tournament is currently scheduled to take place from November 21, 2022 to December 18, 2022. The 2022 World Cup will be the first to be hosted in Qatar.
This event will mark the first time that the competition will be held in the Arabian Peninsula, and the first time the World Cup will be held in the Middle East.
The tournament will also be the first to be hosted in the winter when temperatures in Qatar are around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the first time FIFA has rescheduled the tournament to be played in the winter.
2022 FIFA world cup venues
– Al Thumama Stadium – Al Wakrah Stadium – Al Bayt Stadium – Al Rayyan Stadium – Al Sadd Stadium – Khalifa International Stadium – Qatar Foundation Stadium – Qatar University Stadium – Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium – Al Jazeera Stadium – Al Arab Stadium – Doha Stadium
Who will be playing in the 2022 FIFA world cup?
The Qatar 2022 bid has emphasized its belief that the tournament will mark the coming-of-age of the Middle East as a soccer-loving region.
This means that more than half of the 32 competing teams will be from Africa and Asia, including Qatar itself.
The host nation will automatically qualify as the 32nd team, whereas the 31 other participants will be determined by the usual qualification process.
The qualification process for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will start with the group stage. The first group stage matches are expected to start in September 2019.
One important thing to note is that the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification process will begin with an expanded field of 48 teams.
Qatar’s road to the 2022 world cup
Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup by defeating the United States and Australia in an intense bidding process.
At the time, many assumed that Qatar’s huge wealth, ties to various soccer officials, and tailored plan to host a sustainable tournament on the Arabian Peninsula would allow them to win the right to host the tournament.
The first sign of trouble came when FIFA’s Ethics Committee opened an investigation into alleged corruption by FIFA officials in the bidding process.
This led to the investigation being widened to include the full bidding process for 2022, along with the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The investigation has been going on for some time, and many assumed that it would result in Qatar being stripped of its rights.
However, it doesn’t appear as though that will be the case. The SC has announced that there will be no new voting process to decide the 2022 host, and that Qatar will remain the host.
Now that we’ve learned when and where the 2022 World Cup will take place, it’s clear that this will be a tournament like no other.
The World Cup will be played in the winter for the first time ever, and it will be the first tournament to be hosted in the Middle East.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a truly historic event.