FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar has to be one of the most awaited football tournaments right now. It has been a little more than two years since we saw France lift the World Cup 2018 in Russia. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been a while since we last got to see an international football tournament. The Euro 2020 was supposed to be held in June of this year but because of Coronavirus, it has been moved onto the next year and will start on June 11, 2021. So, FIFA, releasing the statement about the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been welcoming news to all football fans all around the globe.
According to the official website of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the World Cup 2022 will start on Monday 21 November 2022, in Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar at 13:00 local time, 15:45 Nepal Time. It has the capacity to host 60,000 people and is expected to have an extravagant opening ceremony. 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 one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.
The statement also mentions that the group stage will last 12 days i.e, 4 games per day to ensure the player will have all the rest required to perform at their very best. Also, Qatar is a relatively small country, so, no air travel is required. That means the players don’t have to worry about being jet-lagged before their matches. Moreover, fans traveling to support their nation will also have it easy for the same reason.
Qatar has certainly been pulling out all stops to make sure that it can provide the best experience for the players and fans alike. All the host stadiums are state of the art and, being one the best country in the world for hospitality and tourism, fans and the teams can expect full service throughout their stay.
It has been a long time coming but, to hear FIFA releasing the statement has been very welcoming during this tough time. World Cup 2018 Russia was arguably the best World Cup of all time and we hope the next rendition will prove to be equally good if not better.