World Cup Venues

Last Modified Nov 15, 2022 10:04 GMT

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to begin in just over a week and will witness 32 nations battling it out to win the coveted trophy. This edition of the World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and is set to be the first World Cup hosted in Asia since the 2002 World Cup, which was hosted by Japan and South Korea.


The 2022 FIFA World Cup will witness a total of 64 matches played in multiple venues in Qatar. The World Cup will feature 48 group games split between eight groups, and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the knock-out rounds.



Where are the opening and final matches of the FIFA World Cup being held?


The opening match of the FIFA World Cup will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The opening game is being played between host nation Qatar and Ecuador and will take place on the 20th of November.


The Lusail Stadium in Lusail is set to host the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will likely witness a packed audience for the showpiece event. The 2022 World Cup final is taking place on the 18th of December.



FIFA World Cup Stadiums



Lusail Stadium, Lusail


With an astonishing capacity of 80,000 seats, this stadium in Lusail is the largest of its kind that is hosting matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Lusail Stadium is hosting five group games and is also featuring one match in each round of the knock-out stages. The final of the tournament set to be played on the 18th of December will also be hosted by this venue.

Capacity: 80,000


Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


The Al Bayt Stadium is the second-largest stadium being used by Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Situated in the city of Al Khor, this stadium is hosting eight different games over the course of the tournament and is one of the most aesthetically attractive venues in the country. The Al Bayt Stadium will also witness host nation Qatar playing against Ecuador in the opening match on the 20th of November.

Capacity: 60,000


Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Formerly named the Al-Wakrah Stadium after the city it belongs to, the Al Janoub Stadium is one of Qatar's slightly older venues and was inaugurated in 2019. This stadium features a retractable roof and will host a Round-of-16 match in addition to five group games.

Capacity: 40,000


Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Named after a former Emir of Qatar, the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was inaugurated by 2020 and is formally used by the Al Rayyan Sports Club. This venue is hosting five group games and one match in the Round of 16. The stadium was refurbished in 2015 to accommodate a seating capacity in excess of 40,000 people.


Khalifa International Stadium, Doha


The Khalifa International Stadium is the oldest venue to be used as a host stadium in the Qatar World Cup by a country mile. Established in 1976 as a multi-purpose stadium, this venue is a seasoned international host and has witnessed the 2006 Asian Games and the 2019 World Athletics Championship. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats and hosts five group games, a Round-of-16 match, and the third-place match between the two losing semi-finalists.


Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Primarily used by the several universities in the vicinity of the venue, the Education City Stadium is an integral part of the Qatar Foundation's Education City. It is widely known as one of the world's most environmentally sustainable stadiums and will host five group matches, one Round-of-16 game, and one quarter-final fixture.


Stadium 974, Doha


Named after the 974 shipping containers that make up the foundation of the venue, Stadium 974 is a temporary stadium with a capacity of 40,000 that will serve as a host venue for the World Cup. This innovative stadium was designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects and will feature five group matches, one Round-of-16 fixture and one quarterfinal.


Al Thumama Stadium, Doha


Located near the Hamad International Airport, the Al Thumama Stadium is one of eight venues in Qatar that are hosting the World Cup. The design of the stadium is inspired from the Middle East's traditional taqiyah hat and has a capacity of 40,000 seats. This stadium will also host one Round-of-16 match and one quarterfinal in addition to its five group games.


Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the 2022 World Cup Stadiums?


The stadiums used for FIFA World Cup 2022 are in Qatar.


Who is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022?


Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022.


What cities will the 2022 World Cup be in?


The 2022 World Cup will be hosted in Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan, and Doha.


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