The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. The mega event is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Middle East. This will be the first World Cup not to be held in May, June or July.
For the first time after the foremost two tournaments of 1930 and 1934, the World Cup will be hosted by a country whose national team has never played in the finals before.
Qatar is the smallest country by area ever to have been selected as a host nation for the FIFA World Cup.
The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009. In the end, there were five bids for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States. The 22 member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich on 2 December 2010 to vote for the selection of hosts of both 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In the last round, Qatar received 14 votes and was selected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The football extravaganza is scheduled from 21 November 2022 to 18 December 2022 with the final being held on 18 December which is Qatar National Day.
The 2022 World Cup is believed to be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled from the 2026 tournament.
On 12 April 2018, CONMEBOL requested FIFA to expand the 2022 FIFA World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed an opening on this request.
The qualification process for the 2022 World Cup has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations (currently 211 member nations) are eligible to enter qualification. Qatar, as the host nation, is qualified automatically for the tournament.
The allocation of slots for each confederation was discussed by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zurich after the FIFA Congress. It was decided that the same allocation as that of 2014 World Cup would be kept for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. The qualifying draw is scheduled to take place in July 2019.
The first five proposed venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. Considering the heat and high temperatures in the country, the stadiums aim to employ cooling technology capable of reducing temperatures within the stadium up to 20 degrees Celsius. After the completion of the tournament, the upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled and donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.
Initially, 12 stadiums were planned for the World Cup but the organisers have requested FIFA to approve a smaller number of stadiums due to the growing costs. As of now, eight stadiums have been finalised for the tournament. Out of the eight stadiums, six are under construction and will be built in time for the 2022 World Cup.
Khalifa International Stadium
Qatar Foundation Stadium
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
Al Thumama Stadium
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
21,282 (being expanded to 40,000)
Al Wakrah Stadium
Lusail Iconic Stadium
The selection of Qatar as the host country has been controversial; FIFA officials have been accused of allowing Qatar “to buy” the World Cup. The allegations are being investigated by FIFA.
The treatment of construction workers was called into question by human rights groups. The International Trade Union Confederation’s claimed that over 1,200 workers had died while working on infrastructure and real-estate projects related to the World Cup.
The hosting of the tournament was termed infeasible due to harsh climatic conditions in Qatar. Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA President when Qatar was selected, later stated that awarding the World Cup hosting right to Qatar was a “mistake” because of the extreme heat.