The FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to be the 22nd iteration of the quadrennial international men’s football championship, which will be competed by national teams from FIFA participating countries. From November 21 to December 18, 2022, it will be held in Qatar. This will be the first time the World Cup has been hosted in an Arab country. After the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, this is the second World Cup hosted exclusively in Asia. In addition, the championship will be the last to feature 32 teams, with a 48-team tournament set for the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026.
France is the current World Cup winner. This World Cup will be hosted from late November to mid-December, rendering it the first event not to be hosted in May, June, or July, due to Qatar’s extreme summer heat. It will be completed in a shorter period of time, about 28 days.
National associations had until February 2, 2009, to declare their interest in hosting the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. At first, eleven applications for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were submitted, however, Mexico later dropped from the process, while Indonesia’s candidacy was denied by FIFA in February 2010 when the Indonesian Football Association was unable to provide a letter of Indonesian government support. Until Qatar won the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Indonesian authorities had not decreed a bid for the 2026 tournament. Throughout the bidding process, all non-UEFA nations slowly retracted their 2018 bids, ensuring that the 2018 World Cup would be hosted by a UEFA nation and leaving UEFA nations unqualified to bid for the 2022 World Cup.
The United States, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, and Australia were the five bidders for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On the 2nd of December 2010, the twenty-two members of the FIFA Executive Committee met in Zürich to decide on the organizers of both championships. Two members of the FIFA executive committee were dismissed before the voting due to suspicions of vote-rigging. Media pundits were critical of Qatar’s intention to host the 2022 World Cup, which was classified as having “high operational risk.” Many have accused it of being involved in the FIFA controversies.
Qatar is the tiniest country by area to ever have been offered a FIFA World Cup; the next smallest country by area is Switzerland, which hosted the 1954 FIFA World Cup and only required to host 16 teams rather than the current 32 teams.
At the beginning of March 2010, the first five potential World Cup stadiums were announced. The stadiums are expected to represent Qatar’s cultural and historical features, with each one including four priorities: heritage, convenience, accessibility, and sustainability. Qatar intends to construct stadiums that meet the highest environmental and sustainability requirements. The stadiums will be fitted with eco-friendly cooling systems that seek to lower temperatures inside the stadium by up to 20 °C. Although it is unclear if this will work in open-air stadiums due to the country’s difficult climatic conditions.
Their objective is to construct Zero Waste stadiums utilizing eco-friendly materials, safe equipment, and environmentally sustainable alternatives derived from renewable and low-energy technologies. After the World Cup, the upper levels of the stadiums will be dismantled and donated to nations with less established sports facilities. For all World Cup venues, Qatar wants to be compliant and approved by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). Albert Speer & Partners, a German architectural firm, mapped out all five stadium proposals that were proposed.
According to a report issued on December 9, 2010, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that other countries may stage some World Cup games. The study did not, however, mention any specific nations. Any such decision, according to Blatter, should be made by Qatar first then approved by FIFA’s executive committee. Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein told the Australian Associated Press that staging tournaments in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and perhaps Saudi Arabia during the championship will assist to integrate the continent’s people.
The organizers in Qatar have urged FIFA to sanction a reduced number of facilities due to rising expenses, according to a statement issued in April 2013 by Merrill Lynch, Bank of America’s investment banking department. According to Bloomberg.com, Qatar wants to reduce the number of stadiums from the initial twelve to eight or nine.
Although FIFA has not yet confirmed the number of arenas Qatar must have available in five years, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy indicated it is anticipated there to be eight in and around Doha by April 2017.
Infantino stated in January 2019 that FIFA was looking at the idea of having tournaments hosted by neighboring nations throughout the championship to avoid political turmoil.
The last draw will occur in April of 2022. FIFA announced the match calendar on July 15, 2020. The first match, starring the host Qatar, will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 21, 2022, at 13:00 local time (UTC+3). Four games will be played every day during the group stage, with kick-off timings of 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the first two rounds, and 18:00 and 22:00 for the final round and quarterfinal round games, respectively. The third-place match will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, 2022, while the finale will be held at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18, 2022, both at 18:00.
Unlike past matches, where match stadiums and kick-off times were determined before the draw, the allocation of group matches for each matchday to a particular destination and kick-off time will be determined after the group stage draw. This will take place after the March 2022 international match and the teams for each specific fixture have been determined. Because the stadiums are so near together, the planners will be able to maximize stadium allocation for fans and kick-off timings for TV viewers.