The 22nd Edition of the FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Qatar from November 20, 2022, to December 18, 2022. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be first-ever FIFA World Cup to be hosted by an Arabic country. The tournament is widely followed and much-awaited across all spheres of the globe.
About FIFA World Cups
FIFA World Cups are quadrennial international men’s football championships organised by FIFA, in which national teams from various countries compete to win the coveted crown of being called world champions. Brazil is the most successful team of the tournament with 5 titles to its name.
In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a total of 32 national teams will take part in the competition which will last for 29 days. As per the competition format of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a total of 64 matches will be played in two stages, in the first stage which is the group stage, 48 matches will be played. For this stage, all the 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups having 4 teams each. Each team in a group will contest one match against the other two teams of the group, accordingly, three matches will be given to all teams to showcase their best and on the basis of the performance of the teams, the top two teams from each group will be selected for the next stage of the tournament. The performance of the teams in the group stage can be checked on the 2022 FIFA World Cup Points Table.
The Second Stage will be the knockout stage which will be played in a single-elimination format i.e. if any team loses any match then the team will be out of contention to win the World Cup. Initially, 32 teams took part in the competition, after the group stage 16 teams will be left in the tournament. These 16 teams will compete in the Round of 16 in which 8 matches will be played and the winners of the 8 matches will advance to the next round which is the Quarter-Final round.
During, the Quarter-final stage four matches will be played in which the 8 winners from the round of 16 will compete. The winners of these four matches will advance to the Semi-Final stage of the tournament. Thereafter, two matches will be played in the Semi-final round of the tournament, wherein the winners of both semi-final matches will advance to play the final match while the loser of the two semi-final matches will contest for third place in the tournament.
Here on this page, you can get information related to the Qualification, Tickets, Venues, Awards, Squads, Volunteers, etc. for the 2022 FIFA World Cup:
Out of the 32 teams that will be taking part in the tournament only Qatar will be selected being host, while rest 31 teams including the previous world cup winner will be shortlisted for the tournament after going through a rigorous and fiercely competitive Qualification Process. The Qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup began on June 6, 2019, and will be completed on June 14, 2022.
The sale of the tickets for the 2022 FIFA World Cup started on January 19, 2022, fans interested to buy the ticket can apply for the same. The tickets will be sold in three phases and are available in different packages such as Individual Match Tickets, Four Stadium Ticket Series, Team Specific Tickets or Accessibility Tickets.
The Qatari government has also introduced a technology-based smart card called Hayya Card or FAN ID that will act as a permit to enter the State of Qatar, stadiums (along with match tickets) and pass for free matchday travel. After obtaining the Hayya fans can enter the state of Qatar with a valid passport.
A total of 64 matches will be played within the period of 28 days from November 21, 2022, to December 18, 2022, across eight stadiums in five host cities. The matches will start as per Arabia Standard Time which is the local time used in Qatar. However, for the benefit of all, we will provide the complete match schedule in different time zones across the globe.
A total of 64 matches will be played across eight stadiums in five different host cities across Qatar. The Stadiums are Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.
On completion of the tournament, FIFA rewards the best players. The awards given will be Golden Ball, Golden Boot, Golden Glove, Best Young Player and Fair Play Trophy.
Get complete details about how much each team will win at the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
All 32 teams taking part in the tournament will submit an initial list of approx 35 players called a release list to FIFA. Further, a final list of 23 players can be shortlisted by the teams out of the release list only. In case of serious illness or injury, a team can include a new player who was not part of the release list up to 24 hours prior to the start of their first match.
FIFA offers you a great opportunity to be a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup with its volunteer programme. Anyone having at least 18 years of age irrespective of gender, race, religion, and ethnicity is eligible for the programme. Volunteers will play an important role in various operations of the tournament such as Ceremonies, Hospitality, Ticketing, Catering, Transport, Media, Language, Doping Control, Accreditation, Medical Service and Fan Service. Although, volunteers will not be getting any salary, however, they will be entitled to a unique volunteer uniform, meals and free public transportation during the shift.
Al Rihal will be the Official Match Ball for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The meaning of Al Rihla in the Arabic language is “the journey” and the ball has been inspired by Arabic culture. Al Rihal travels faster than any of its predecessors and thanks to its CRT core it has great speed along with accuracy and consistency.
La’eeb was unveiled as the Official Mascot for the 2022 FIFA World Cup during the final draw on April 1, 2022. The meaning of La’eeb in the Arabic language is “super-skilled player”. La’eeb has a youthful spirit and it spreads joy and confidence wherever it goes.