Today marks exactly two years until the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. The next tournament hosted by Qatar will take place at eight stadiums from the 21st November to 18nd December 2022. During such time, we will witness 64 matches.
According to the information from fifa.com, the infrastructure planned for the event has reached 90% completion, with the three stadiums that have already been finalized. Those are Khalifa International, Al Janoub, and Education City. They safely hosted more than 100 matches this year even in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another three stadiums: Al Rayyan, Al Bayt and Al Thumama are in the final stages of construction. Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail - the remaining two are under main works, being scheduled for completion in 2021.
After the confirmation from July, it is sure that the opening match on 21st November 2022 would take place at the stunning Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity venue. The final will be played at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium on 18nd December 2022.
The next FIFA World Cup finals will be special for many reasons. Played in the middle of the regular football season, the tournament is characterized as extremely compact. This is due to the fact that the stadiums are located in a very small area, only several dozen kilometers away from each other.
Eight supermodern and fully air-conditioned stadiums will be connected by advanced transport infrastructure. Qatar is the first west Asian nation and also the smallest country to host a FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:
- 8 stadiums;
- 64 games;
- Opening match at Al Bayt Stadium (60,000 capacity);
- Final game at Lusail Stadium (80,000 capacity);
- Group games at stadia of net 40,000 (to be reduced afterwards in most cases).