For information, let us tell you that 32 nations will compete in Qatar next year to emulate France in the 2018 World Cup competition, when Didier Deschamps’ men defeated Moscow with a 4-2 win at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital in 2018. He was crowned world champion by defeating Croatia in
21 November opening ceremony
2021 As 2022 approaches, the qualifying stages of many confederations reach the ‘business end’, with currently only three teams having confirmed their place in Qatar, with the November FIFA window open to more countries. His passport is set to be stamped. As we have information so far, Denmark, Germany and host Qatar are eligible sides who will take action in the Middle East when action resumes next year. Felix Sanchez’s ‘Maroon’ will open the tournament on 21 November at the spectacular Al Bayt Stadium.
According to sources we have received news that out of the 32 participating countries, 13 will be from Europe (UEFA), five African (CAF) representatives, Asia (AFC) will put forward 4.5 sides, excluding Qatar. South America will have 4.5 arms from CONMEBOL, 3.5 arms from CONCACAF with OCEANIA having 0.5 arms. .5 countries will be forced into an inter-confederation play-off in early 2022 to determine the final composition of the 32 final participants.
World Cup 2022 Format
For information, let us tell you that the 32 qualified sides will be placed in eight groups of four (with this draw process scheduled for April 2022), in which the top two sides from each group will advance to the round of 16, before the semi-finals. There will be quarter finals and grand final which will be staged on Qatar National Day (18 December, 2022).
Cities and stadiums will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup
As we have already told you that the inaugural match in Qatar 2022 will be played on 21 November 2022 at the Al Bayt World Cup Stadium, which is to be inaugurated later in 2021, while the final will be played at the Lusail World Cup Stadium which is scheduled to open next year.
The venue for the 18 December 2022 World Cup Final will be the last of eight World Cup stadiums to be inaugurated with three grounds: Al Thumama, Al Bayt and Ras Abu Abu’d scheduled to operate later in 2021. The Lusail Stadium has a capacity of 80,000, which will host 10 matches during the 2022 World Cup tournament, and will also be the venue for the final game.
Lusail’s stadium will be the largest venue for Qatar 2022 and is located approximately 20 km from Doha city centre. The land is situated in the center of Lusail a new modern city which is going through its construction process.
Never in the modern history of the World Cup has the distance between stadiums been so short. The distance between the city of Doha and the farthest World Cup stadium is 50 km, while the nearest is just 7 km from the capital.
World Cup 2022 venues
Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor, 60,000 capacity)
Al Bayt, the second-largest of the eight World Cup stadiums, is located in the city of Al Khor, 50km north of Doha, and has a capacity of 60,000 seats.
Its design is inspired by the tents used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region, and boasts many features in the area of sustainability, such as a light-coloured exterior that helps to reduce heat and enhance the efficiency of the arena’s cooling system, and a retractable roof that allows sunlight in to aid the growth of the turf.
As part of Al Bayt’s post-World Cup legacy, the stadium’s upper tier will be dismantled after the tournament and will be used for the construction of sports facilities in Qatar and abroad.
Al Thumama Stadium (Doha, 40,000 capacity)
The Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar’s capital Doha will be inaugurated on Friday 22nd October 2021, marking the completion of Qatar’s sixth FIFA World Cup 2022 ready venue after Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali and Al Bayt stadiums.
The new 40,000 seat stadium will host the Amir Cup Final between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan, coached by Xavi Hernandez and Laurent Blanc respectively.
Al Thumama Stadium was designed by renowned Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah and reflects the traditional Arabic headwear, the gahfiya, with its intricate exterior. The venue will host matches up to and including the quarter-final at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with the stadium also set to host matches up to and including the semi-final at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, taking place this November and December.
Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah, 40,000 capacity)
Located to the south of capital Doha the Al Janoub stadium, inaugurated in May 2019 to stage the Emir of Qatar Cup final was the first 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium to be built and completed from scratch.
Upon its completion, stadium designer William Morales stated: ”It is an amazing feeling when we meet people from all over the world. I love seeing their faces when they see the stadium or walk on the pitch for the first time”.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium (Doha, 40,000 capacity)
The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Qatar’s capital of Doha will become the first fully dismantled stadium in the history of the World Cup, designed in a unique way using 974 shipping containers and demountable building units.
This innovative design will allow the stadium to be completely dismantled after the end of the tournament with elements such as shipping containers, seats and the roof set to be reused in the development of projects and building sports and non-sport facilities in Qatar and abroad.
From its distinguished location on the Doha waterfront, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will stand tall with its dazzling view of the skyscrapers in the West Bay area in Doha.
Education City Stadium (Al Rayyan, 45,350 capacity)
The inauguration of the Education City Stadium in Qatar took place on 15 June 2020, with the organizers putting together a virtual event to celebrate the World Cup venue’s opening due to the pandemic. Its inauguration came after that of Khalifa International stadium and Al Januob Stadium in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan in the Doha suburbs will host World Cup 2022 matches from the group round until the quarter-finals. The venue has been given a five-star rating by the GSAS Sustainability Assessment system for its construction and design. The state-of-the-art venue has incorporated many energy saving features, as well as an air-cooling system that will reduce the temperature in the stadium during matches.
Khalifa International Stadium (Al Rayyan, 40,000 capacity)
Khalifa International Stadium is one of the most famous and oldest stadiums in Qatar and the stadium with a capacity of 40,000 fans and was inaugurated before the final match of the Emir of Qatar Cup in 2017 to become the first stadium completed by the local governing committee.
Al Rayyan Stadium (Al Rayyan, 44,740 capacity)
The 2022 World Cup stadium in Al Rayyan opened on 18 December (2020), coinciding with the final of the Emir of Qatar Cup and featured Al Sadd SC and Al Arabi SC.
It is worth noting that Al Rayyan is the only World Cup stadium to bear the name of a Qatari club. It has a capacity of 40,000 spectators and is some 22km from the city of Doha.
The stadium incorporates symbols of Qatari life and culture, with an exterior façade that contains artistic elements symbolizing Qatar’s history and the beauty and diversity of its wildlife; what’s more the stadium’s design reflects the splendour of desert life, as well as the beauty of the sand dunes.