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Guide to Football World Cup 2022

Start the countdown as the Football World Cup 2022 is just a week away. Qatar will become the first Arab country to host the World Cup and more than 1 million fans are expected to land in Qatar to watch their favourite superstars. For almost a month, the world will stand still as 32 teams compete for the coveted $20 million gold-plated trophy. Here is your complete guide to the Football World Cup 2022 beginning from 20 November 2022 to 18 December 2022.

Groups and Teams

In the 2022 Football World Cup, 32 teams are equally divided in 8 different groups (A-H). In the group stage, two halves of 45 minutes with a 15 minute half-time break will be played. There will be no extra time and penalty shootouts in the group stage. In each group, every team will play once against one another. A total of 48 matches will be played in the group stage.

Group A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Netherlands
Group B
England
Iran
USA
Wales
Group C
Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland
Group D
France
Australia
Denmark
Tunisia
Group E
Spain
Costa Rica
Germany
Japan
Group F
Belgium
Canada
Morocco
Croatia
Group G
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Cameroon
Group H
Portugal
Ghana
Uruguay
South Korea

Top 2 teams from each group will move on to the Round of 16. From Round of 16 onwards, if a match can’t be decided in regulation time, extra-time and penalty shootouts will be effective. 

Venues

The World Cup will be played in 8 different state of the art stadiums. These stadiums are equipped with features like latest innovations in stadium technology, VAR, Goal-Line technology, panoramic broadcasting cameras and many more.

Source: Road to 2022 / Instagram

Al Bayt Stadium: This 60,000 seater stadium will host the opening match of the 2022 Football World Cup.

Lusail Stadium: The largest stadium in Qatar is the 80,000 seater Lusail stadium. It will host the Final of 2022 Football World Cup.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium: This 40,000 seater stadium is located west of Central Doha and will host 6 matches including 1 RO16 match.

Al Janoub Stadium:  Opened in 2019, this 40,000 seater stadium will also host 6 matches in the 2022 Football World Cup.

Source: Road to Qatar / 2022

Al Thumama Stadium: Situated in Doha, this 40,000 seater stadium will host 7 matches including 1 quarter-final fixture.

Education City Stadium: One of the most innovative stadiums, the seating capacity of the ground is 40,000.

Khalifa International Stadium: Inspired by the design of new Wembley Stadium, this 40,000 seater stadium will host the penultimate match in the 2022 Football World Cup.

Stadium 974: Named after the dialing code of Qatar, the capacity of this stadium is 40,000.

Official Mascot & Ball

The official mascot of Football World Cup 2022 is La’eeb. It is an Arabic word which means ‘super-skilled player’ in English. The aspect which makes La’eeb unique and different from every previous mascot is that it belongs to a mascot-verse and its form is open to personal interpretation.

Official Mascot FIFA World Cup 2022
Source: Road to 2022 / Instagram

Adidas revealed Al-Rihla as the official ball of the Football World Cup 2022. Al-Rihla, an Arabic word means ‘the journey’ in English. With the creation of Al-Rihla, Adidas has now made 14 official balls for the Football World Cup.

Official Ball FIFA World Cup 2022
Source: Road to 2022 / Instagram

Match Schedule

The 2022 Football World Cup will consist of 64 matches over 29 days in 8 different stadiums.

Match No. Teams Stadium
1 Qatar vs Ecuador Al Bayt Stadium
2 England vs Iran Khalifa International Stadium
3 Senegal vs Netherlands Al Thumama Stadium
4 USA vs Wales Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
5 Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Lusail Stadium
6 Denmark vs Tunisia Education City Stadium
7 Mexico vs Poland Stadium 974
8 France vs Australia Al Janoub Stadium
9 Morocco vs Croatia Al Bayt Stadium
10 Germany vs Japan Khalifa International Stadium
11 Spain vs Costa Rica Al Thumama Stadium
12 Belgium vs Canada Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
13 Switzerland vs Cameroon Al Janoub Stadium
14 Uruguay vs South Korea Education City Stadium
15 Portugal vs Ghana Stadium 974
16 Brazil vs Serbia Lusail Stadium
17 Wales vs Iran Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
18 Qatar vs Senegal Al Thumama Stadium
19 Netherlands vs Ecuador Khalifa International Stadium
20 England vs USA Al Bayt Stadium
21 Tunisia vs Australia Al Janoub Stadium
22 Poland vs Saudi Arabia Education City Stadium
23 France vs Denmark  Stadium 974
24 Argentina vs Mexico Lusail Stadium
25 Japan vs Costa Rica Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
26 Belgium vs Morocco Al Thumama Stadium
27 Croatia vs Canada Khalifa International Stadium
28 Spain vs Germany Al Bayt Stadium
29 Cameroon vs Serbia Al Janoub Stadium
30 South Korea vs Ghana Education City Stadium
31 Brazil vs Switzerland Stadium 974
32 Portugal vs Uruguay Lusail Stadium
33 Netherlands vs Qatar Al Bayt Stadium
34 Ecuador vs Senegal Khalifa International Stadium
35 Wales vs England Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
36 Iran vs USA Al Thumama Stadium
37 Australia vs Denmark Al Janoub Stadium
38 Tunisia vs France Education City Stadium
39 Poland vs Argentina Stadium 974
40 Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Lusail Stadium
41 Croatia vs Belgium Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
42 Canada vs Morocco Al Thumama Stadium
43 Costa Rica vs Germany Al Bayt Stadium
44 Japan vs Spain Khalifa International Stadium
45 South Korea vs Portugal Education City Stadium
46 Ghana vs Uruguay Al Janoub Stadium
47 Serbia vs Switzerland Stadium 974
48 Cameroon vs Brazil Lusail Stadium
49 Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B Khalifa International Stadium
50 Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
51 Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C Al Thumama Stadium
52 Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A Al Bayt Stadium
53 Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F Al Janoub Stadium
54 Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H Stadium 974
55 Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E Education City Stadium
56 Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G Lusail Stadium
57 Winners of 49 vs Winners of 50 Lusail Stadium
58 Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 Education City Stadium
59 Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 Al Thumama Stadium
60 Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 Al Bayt Stadium
61 Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 Lusail Stadium
62 Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 Al Bayt Stadium
63 Third place Play-Off Khalifa International Stadium
64 The World Cup Final Lusail Stadium

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