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On September 3, 2019, the country celebrated the launch of the official emblem of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that was unveiled at different iconic locations in Qatar and across the globe. As we move forward towards kick-off, your enthusiasm and dedication will help make Qatar 2022 an unforgettable tournament. The reigning World Cup champions are France. [73] These claims are based upon the fact that 522 Nepalese[77] workers and over 700 Indian[78] workers have died since 2010, when Qatar's bid as World Cup's host was won, about 250 Indian workers dying each year. Qatar inaugurated the fourth of eight 2022 World Cup venues, the Al Rayyan Stadium, when the country hosted the Amir Cup final between Al-Sadd … A total of eight stadiums are being built for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. In the end, there were five bids for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States. From then on, four matches will be played each day throughout the 12-day group stage, giving worldwide audiences a daily feast of football. The plan is to build Zero Waste stadiums using environmentally friendly materials, harmless equipment, and ecologically sustainable solutions through the implementation of renewable and low energy solutions. Qatar Airways will be offering football fans a range of travel packages including flights, access to world-class hotels and exclusive activities that deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There will be four matches a day throughout the Group Match stages to ensure optimal rest time for the teams. Qatar is a unique setting for the beautiful game. We would like everyone to explore Qatar’s amazing heritage, stunning landscapes and unique attractions. All 210 remaining FIFA member associations are eligible to enter the qualifying process. [95] On 19 March 2015, FIFA sources confirmed that the 2022 World Cup final would be played on 18 December. During the group stage, four matches will be played on each day, with kick-off times being 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 for the first two rounds, and 18:00 and 22:00 for the simultaneous kick-offs of the last round and for knockout stage matches. They keep us focused on where we are going. You can look forward to exciting updates on the road to 2022. All of the five stadium projects launched have been designed by German architect Albert Speer & Partners. Then you can make the next day even bigger: head to Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to experience the magic of the desert, and make new memories at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium. It’s time to get really excited: the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ match schedule is here. [82] Michael van Praag, president of Royal Dutch Football Association, requested the FIFA Executive Committee to pressure Qatar over those allegations to ensure better workers' conditions. [96], Qatar has faced growing pressure over its hosting of the World Cup in relation to allegations over the role of former top football official Mohammed bin Hammam played in securing the bid. [105][106] FIFA completed a lengthy investigation into these allegations and a report cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing. ", "WADA files official request with Court of Arbitration for Sport to resolve RUSADA dispute", "CAS arbitration WADA v. RUSADA: Decision", "2022 FIFA World Cup Bid Evaluation Report: Qatar", "World Cup 2022: European clubs want spring finals in Qatar", "Report: Qatar neighbors could host 2022 WC games", "FIFA 'backs' winter 2022 Qatar cup – FOOTBALL", "Jordan's Prince Ali calls for winter WCup in Qatar", "Qatar 2022: Nine stadiums instead of twelve? From the latest news to in-depth team profiles, exclusive interviews, ticketing information and more – follow it all in the host country’s language. This tradition continues with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – whether you’re from Doha, Dakar, Dortmund or Delhi. To share Qatar’s unique identity with the world through amazing FIFA World Cup™ experiences that will connect people like never before. [33], On 9 December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, after RUSADA was found non-compliant for handing over manipulating lab data to investigators. Qatar Airways, Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA, on November 20 unveiled a specially-branded Boeing 777-300 aircraft painted in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 TM livery, to mark two years to go until the tournament kicks off on November 21, 2022. Join hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe – and make history with us as we prepare for the Middle East's first FIFA World Cup™. With unique attractions, spectacular, state-of-the-art stadiums and the added bonus of traditional Arab hospitality, it promises to host a tournament like no other. The CAF Super Cup was staged in Doha for the second successive year, treating fans to four thrilling goals and an electric atmosphere. The match took place at Thani bin Jassim Stadium – the home of Al-Gharafa SC – where there were buzzing fan zones for both sets of supporters. The road to Qatar is now clear for the European sides after the draw in Zurich If you’ve ever imagined attending two FIFA World Cup™ matches in one day, now you can. [10] Initially, eleven bids were made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings,[11][12] and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian Football Association failed to submit a letter of Indonesian government guarantee to support the bid. Let’s create and share those tales together. The long-awaited final will take place at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium on 18 December: the perfect stage for the biggest match in football. You can sail through Al Wakrah's maritime history at AI Janoub Stadium, and watch football’s superstars shine at Education City Stadium – all in one unforgettable day. Migrant workers told Amnesty about verbal abuse and threats they received after complaining about not being paid for up to several months. [65][66][67][68] Hassan Abdulla al Thawadi, chief executive of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, said the Muslim state would also permit alcohol consumption during the event,[69][70] however drinking in public is not permitted as Qatar's legal system is based on Sharia.[71]. Here, you’ll find fast connections with the environment and with each other. Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup 2022—one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. We hope that our hospitality secures a place in your heart. Now we know that fans will begin their journey in Qatar with a warm welcome at Al Bayt Stadium. It is to be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days. Source: FIFA. There was plenty of sporting action as Qatar’s newest parks opened their gates. See Where the 2022 FIFA World Cup Matches Will be Held. [61][62][63], A number of groups and media outlets have expressed concern over the suitability of Qatar to host the event,[64][65] with regard to interpretations of human rights, particularly worker conditions and the rights of fans in the LGBT community because of the illegality of homosexuality in Qatar. Infantino said the global football governing body would not discuss the possibility of having a 48-team World Cup, and that they would first discuss the matter with the host country. Qatar’s size is what will set this tournament apart from previous editions; everything here is already within easy reach. Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ present an unprecedented opportunity for local, regional and international businesses. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. Midfielder Joe Ledley says he is positive about Wales' qualification draw for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022. People will share experiences that bring them together in ways you never imagined possible. [14] Two FIFA executive committee members were suspended before the vote in relation to allegations of corruption regarding their votes. The Amir Cup final's date coincided with Qatar National Day and the country is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup final in exactly two years' time. The unforgettable Al Bayt Stadium was chosen to welcome the world’s most anticipated sporting competition on 21 November 2022, with the incredible Lusail Stadium given the honour of staging the final on 18 December. Had a joint proposal been submitted, FIFA's member associations would have voted on the final decision at the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, France by 5 June 2019. Tribune News Network Doha “Qatar is impressively ready and looks set to host the World Cup like tomorrow," remarked UEFA President Alexsander Ceferin, who is in Doha for the opening of the fourth World Cup 2022 Al Rayyan Stadium which will be inaugurated with the Amir Cup 2020 final set to be played at 7pm on the Qatar National Day. [35] The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[36] and on 17 December 2020, Russian teams were banned from competing at world championships organized or sanctioned by a WADA signatory until 16 December 2022. FIFA's ruling Executive Committee of December 2010 was a human smorgasbord of greed, corruption, self-interest and dishonesty after sending the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini, all paying homage to everyday heroes. Filled with amazing experiences you’ll love to share. [104] Jim Boyce, Vice President of FIFA, has gone on record stating he would support a re-vote to find a new host if the corruption allegations are proven. You’ll find all of these contrasts in a land where the old blends seamlessly with the new, where the land meets the sea and where nature meets the city. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule (665 KB). A FIFA internal investigation and report cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing, but chief investigator Michael J. Garcia has since described FIFA's report on his enquiry as "materially incomplete and erroneous". The third place match will be played on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium, and the final will be played on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, both at 18:00. Check your inbox for our welcome message. So let’s come together and fill this FIFA World Cup™ with enchanting stories. However, a team representing Russia, which uses the Russian flag and anthem, cannot participate under the WADA decision. [93] Frank Lowy, chairman of Football Federation Australia, said that if the 2022 World Cup were moved to November and thus upset the schedule of the A-League, they would seek compensation from FIFA. [83], In March 2016, Amnesty International accused Qatar of using forced labour and forcing the employees to live in poor conditions and withholding their wages and passports. Qatar is the smallest nation by area ever to have been awarded a FIFA World Cup – the next smallest by area is Switzerland, host of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, which is more than three times as large as Qatar and only needed to host 16 teams instead of the current 32. [59] The opening match, featuring the hosts Qatar, will be played on 21 November 2022, 13:00 local time (UTC+3), at the Al Bayt Stadium. In 1950, there was no final; the article is about the decisive match of the final group stage. [2] In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. You will receive a confirmation email shortly. We can't wait to welcome you to Qatar 2022. And to us: Qatar. The tournament recognises the highest human achievement – on the pitch, in Qatar and around the world. Notes: There was no qualification for the 1930 World Cup as places were given by invitation only. The Guardian has estimated that up to 4,000 workers may die due to lax safety and other causes by the time the competition is held. In Qatar, we go above and beyond to make sure you feel at home. Following review, a confirmation message will be sent to the email address provided and we will advise if any additional information is necessary. Source: FIFA, First match(es) will be played on 24 November 2022. The workers will no longer need their employer's permission to leave the country or change their jobs. Register to receive exclusive, subscriber-only content. The typography of the emblem's wordmark incorporates kashida—the practice of elongating certain parts of characters in Arabic script to provide typographical emphasis. Daniele De Rossi pulls out Italy's name during the UEFA Preliminary Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. lundi, 07 déc. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating Warner and his alleged links to the Qatari bid. The road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ became even clearer with the announcement of the tournament match schedule. Four matches will be played each day throughout the 12-day group stage to ensure optimal rest time for the teams – and top quality football. Kindness and generosity, it’s a way of life. The selection of Qatar as the host country has been controversial; FIFA officials were accused of corruption and allowing Qatar to "buy" the World Cup,[72] the treatment of construction workers was called into question by human rights groups,[73] and the high costs needed to make the plans a reality were criticised. As fans gear up for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the emblem serves as a beacon across the globe; drawing them to a new type of tournament where everything is within easy reach. There were speeches by H.H. 6 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy 7 When Qatar bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™, it did so with a vision to use the tournament as a catalyst for sustainable, long-term change. They also seized physical and electronic records from FIFA's main headquarters. You’ll be embraced by our friendly, hospitable community and meet people you may never have met otherwise. [98] She retracted her claims, but later said she was coerced to do so by Qatari bid officials. Please check your spam/ junk folder. We marked an exciting milestone on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with the release of the full match schedule. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in Arabic Keep up with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in Arabic! The arrests continued in the United States where several FIFA officers were arrested and FIFA buildings raided. [5] On 27 May 2015, Swiss federal prosecutors opened an investigation into corruption and money laundering related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. [40] Qatar aspires to be compliant and certified by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for all the world cup stadiums. The schedule guarantees optimal rest time for the teams – and top-quality football for fans. Source: FIFA, First match(es) will be played on 23 November 2022. According to the ITUC, the agreement provided for establishing substantial reforms in labour system, including ending the Al-Kafala system. [59] The group stage matches for each group will be allocated to the following stadiums:[60], The official emblem was unveiled on 3 September 2019 during simultaneous events at the Doha Tower, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Zubarah. All in all, the night was a great success and local fans can look forward to more high-quality African football: the CAF Super Cup will be returning to Qatar in 2021 and 2022. We celebrate football and our region, build intercultural understanding and develop opportunities. [3], Due to Qatar's intense summer heat, this World Cup will be held from late-November to mid-December, making it the first to not be held in May, June, or July. [4], Accusations of corruption have been made relating to how Qatar won the right to host the event. FIFA also said that "while it cannot rule out legal action from losing bidders by changing the format [of the tournament], the study said it 'concluded that the risk was low.'" [48][49], In January 2019, Infantino said that FIFA was exploring the possibility of having neighbouring countries host matches during the tournament, in order to reduce political tensions. [86], In May 2019, an investigation by the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper discovered some of the 28,000 workers on the stadiums are being paid 750 Qatari Riyal per month, which is equivalent to £190 per month or 99p an hour for a typical 48-hour week. We are working towards a strong legacy, with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. Qatar is known for its welcoming culture – we take pride in treating visitors like family. It accused FIFA of failing to stop the stadium being built on "human right abuses". People are at the centre of everything we do and will be at the heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ became even clearer with the announcement of the tournament match schedule. [24][25] However, on 22 May 2019, FIFA announced it will not expand the tournament. The ITUC also stated that the agreement would positively affect the general situation of workers, especially of those who work on the 2022 FIFA World Cup infrastructure projects. This stunning 60,000-seat stadium will be bubbling with anticipation as it hosts the opening match on 21 November 2022. Our country’s strength comes from all the people who call Qatar home. Qatar is hosting the most compact and connected FIFA World Cup™ ever. Fans flocked to see CAF Confederation Cup holders Zamalek beat CAF Champions League winners Espérance de Tunis 3-1. [113] In October 2017, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Dubai Security for the UAE, wrote about the Qatar diplomatic crisis; saying the blockade on the country will end if it surrenders the FIFA World Cup. [47], Although as of April 2017, FIFA had yet to finalise the number of stadiums Qatar must have ready in five years' time, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said it expected there would be eight. The fourth of eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals was unveiled on the Qatar National Day on Friday 18 December 2020.The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium hosted the 48th Amir Cup … Qatar offers an exciting place to explore. "[111][112], On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region and supporting terrorist groups. [99][100] In March 2014 it was discovered that disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner and his family were paid almost $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar's successful campaign. Three public parks were opened on Qatar’s National Sports Day, strengthening Qatar’s commitment to a greener, sportier future. Hosting the tournament advances Qatar’s ongoing mission for a sustainable future and a lasting legacy for our country, the Middle East, Asia and the world. [74][75] However, while addressing delegates from African and Asian confederations, Blatter said allegations of corruption and some of the criticism, including those from sponsors, were "very much linked to racism and discrimination". In October 2013, a task force was commissioned to consider alternative dates and report after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It is a celebration of the global community coming together at this festival of football in an inclusive and safe environment. [92] FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said that awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar's desert state was a "blatant mistake". The typeface created to complement the emblem likewise celebrates Qatar's heritage with a global twist. [79] Most Qatar nationals avoid doing manual work or low-skilled jobs; additionally, they are given preference at the workplace. Its design resembles the traditional woollen shawl that men and women wear across the Arab world during winter months, when the tournament will take place. The stadiums will be equipped with cooling systems that are environmentally friendly overcoming the challenging environmental nature of the country. Working closely with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the SC is also responsible for 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host country planning and operations. FIFA World Cup™ Match Schedule confirmed The Final has been confirmed to take place at 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium at 18:00 on 18 December 2022. The country’s compact nature means everything is within reach, bringing the things that matter to you closer. [60], Unlike previous tournaments where the match venues and kick-off times for each fixture are set prior to the draw, the assignment of group fixtures for each matchday to a specific venue and kick-off time will only be made after the group stage draw, which will be held after the March 2022 international match window, and the teams of each specific fixture are known. Suivez la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA, Qatar 2022™ en Arabe ! Located at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium and the Al Ersal training site, the parks all have tennis and basketball courts, running and cycling tracks, gym equipment and – crucially for parents – kids’ play areas. Opening match: Al Bayt Stadium Final: Lusail Stadium Average venue capacity: … [97] A former employee of the Qatar bid team alleged[year needed] that several African officials were paid $1.5 million by Qatar. FIFA and Qatar would have explored possible joint proposals to submit to the FIFA Council and the FIFA Congress in June 2019. Immerse yourself in our rich culture and traditions while wandering through the spice-scented alleyways of Souq Waqif, take in the impressive modern architecture of the National Museum of Qatar and still have time to soak up the sun on one of our beaches. Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, you’ll find a piece of yourself in Qatar. Teams: 32 Playing venues: 8 Matches: 65. [15] The decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was graded as having "high operational risk",[16] generated criticism from media commentators. We say, “Ahlan”. [87], Owing to the climate in Qatar, concerns were expressed over holding the World Cup in its traditional timeframe of June and July. Explore the country quickly, on time and in comfort on the new metro system. 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Using the power of football to open the door to a world of amazing experiences. It also evokes imagery of shawls to signify the tournament's winter scheduling, and contains waves resembling desert dunes. [37], The first five proposed venues for the World Cup were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. 2020. infos. [50], The final draw is scheduled to take place in April 2022. [76], The issue of migrant workers' rights has also attracted attention, with an investigation by The Guardian newspaper claiming that many workers are denied food and water, have their identity papers taken away from them, and that they are not paid on time or at all, making some of them in effect slaves. More than 230 volunteers helped everything go smoothly and were always on hand with a smile. Your FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be the most multicultural, people-focused tournament ever. The climate conditions caused some to call hosting the tournament in Qatar infeasible, with initial plans for air-conditioned stadiums giving way to a potential date switch from summer to winter. In all, nine bids, including two joint bids, have been submitted. World Cup 2022 qualification: Fixtures, schedule and groups in full on the road to Qatar. [88] On 24 February 2015, the FIFA Task Force proposed that the tournament be played from late November to late December 2022,[89] to avoid the summer heat between May and September and also avoid clashing with the 2022 Winter Olympics in February and Ramadan in April. [27] If the Qataris reach the final stage as winners in their group or as one of the four best runners-up, the fifth-best team will advance instead. The 2022 FIFA World Cup (Arabic: 2022 كأس العالم لكرة القدم‎, Kaʾs al-ʿālam li-kurat al-qadam 2022) is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's association football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. [42], A report released on 9 December 2010 quoted FIFA President Sepp Blatter as stating that other nations could host some matches during the World Cup. Commentators have noted the clash with the Western Christmas season is likely to cause disruption, whilst there is concern about how short the tournament is intended to be. [34] However, the Russia national team could still enter qualification, as the ban only applies to the final tournament to decide the world champions. [1] This will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. Each stadium will incorporate four priorities, which are legacy, comfort, accessibility and sustainability. [13] Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, until Qatar took the 2022 cup. The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification process is a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations to decide 31 of the 32 teams that will play in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with Qatar qualifying automatically as hosts. [79], In 2015, a crew of four journalists from the BBC were arrested and held for two days after they attempted to report on the condition of workers in the country. [41] Leading football clubs in Europe wanted the World Cup to take place from 28 April to 29 May rather than the typical June and July staging, due to concerns about the heat. The arrests were made on the information of at least a $150 million (USD) corruption and bribery scandal. [58], The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020. You’ll always feel connected: to football, to your families and loved ones, to friends new and old around the world. Our compact, cosmopolitan country is the perfect stage for unique experiences beyond football. [46] said that Qatar wishes to cut the number of venues to eight or nine from the twelve originally planned. On 12 April 2018, CONMEBOL requested that FIFA expand the 2022 FIFA World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, four years before the 2026 FIFA World Cup as initially planned. Qatar World Cup 2022 – in numbers.