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