Why should Qatar host the World Cup

Where will the 2022 World Cup take place? Winter World Cup in Qatar: criticism, mode, stadiums

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar. The emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula prevailed over four other applicant countries in the FIFA Executive Committee's award decision. Since then, the organizers have received increasing criticism for the schedule and the situation of the workers on the stadium construction sites. You can find all information about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar here.

Mode of the World Cup in Qatar: qualifications and number of participants

When FIFA decided to increase the number of World Cup participants to 48, this regulation should only come into force for the 2026 World Cup. For a short time it was discussed whether there should be 48 participants in Qatar, but this has been postponed for the time being. "We have given the FIFA administration the mandate to first discuss the possibility of 48 teams with Qatar," said Gianni Infantino.

Therefore, the actual number of 32 participants will remain. There the starting place allocation to the individual continental associations would look like this:

  • Europe: 13
  • Africa: 5
  • South America: 4.5
  • Asia: 4.5
  • North / Central America and the Caribbean: 3.5
  • Oceania: 0.5

Before the final round, intercontinental playoffs will take place between the four continental federations with half starting places, which will decide on the qualification of the two remaining starting places. The final game plan will not be known until after the draw, which is planned for April 2022.

When the Winter World Cup takes place: All information on the schedule

For the first time in FIFA history, a World Cup will not be held in the summer of 2022. It's actually not a real winter, but an autumn World Cup. The opening game on November 21, 2022 marks the beginning of the tournament, the date for the final is December 18, 2022. However, the calendar winter does not begin until December 21, 2022.

The final date is a special day for the hosts in Qatar: On December 18, 1878, Qatar separated from Bahrain through a protection treaty with Great Britain - this was preceded by a 100-year power struggle between the Al Thani and Al Khalifa clans.

Back to topicality: The reason for the unusual date in winter is the great heat on the Arabian Peninsula with temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius during the summer months, the move was finally decided in March 2015. Because the period of the event falls shortly before Christmas in the normal football season, FIFA tightened the schedule. The tournament was shortened to 28 days, there have not been fewer since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina - but at that time only 16 teams took part in the World Cup. The 2018 World Cup in Russia will last three days longer.

The reason for the shortening: FIFA has to make compensation payments to the clubs that second their players for the tournament. "We also expect the willingness to compensate the damage for the clubs," said Bayern boss, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, at the time in his role as spokesman for the top European clubs.

The fewer days the gulf spectacle lasts, the less money is transferred. Problem: The schedule is actually inviolable because 64 World Cup games had already been sold to the TV stations. A waiver of the round of 16, as the former DFL official Andreas Rettig had put it into conversation, was not possible at all.

Other things have also been postponed and postponed: The major European leagues such as the Bundesliga, Premier League and Primera Division and UEFA with the Champions League and Europa League have to interrupt their 2018/19 season so that the national teams can prepare for the World Cup in Qatar. The African continental association packed the Africa Cup in the climatically suboptimal summer.

For the football fan in Europe, one topic does not mean a big change: the time difference. Qatar (UTC + 3) is two hours ahead of Germany in winter (UTC + 1).

World Cup qualification: dates and schedule

Before that, the World Cup qualification due to the corona pandemic has to be played. Here you can see an overview of all international match dates:

  • 1st matchday: 25.-27. March 2021
  • 2nd matchday: 28.-30. March 2021
  • 3rd matchday: 4-5 June 2021
  • 4th matchday: 7.-8. June 2021
  • 5th matchday: 2-4. September 2021
  • 6th matchday: 5-7 September 2021
  • 7th matchday: 7th-9th October 2021
  • 8th matchday: 10.-12. October 2021
  • 9th matchday: 11.-13. November 2021
  • 10th matchday: 14.-16. November 2021

Luxury with air conditioning: these are the stadiums for Qatar 2022

Futuristic, crazy and quite expensive - that is true of the stadiums in Qatar as a whole. In the application, the organizing committee put the cost of the construction work alone at 3.714 billion US dollars. The desert state wanted to host the soccer world championship in twelve arenas. Nine of them should be completely new buildings, only three renovated. A company from Germany played a key role in the planning: AS + P, the Frankfurt-based company of the architect Prof. Albert Speer, who was born in Berlin in 1934 and died on September 15, 2017.

However, not all drafts of the application were actually implemented. Due to the fierce criticism that twelve large football stadiums are too many for such a small country, the number of World Cup stadiums was reduced to eight with the approval of FIFA.

arena

place

capacity

Type of construction

inspiration

completion

Lusail Iconic Stadium

Lusail (Doha)

86.250

New building

Unknown

Under construction

Al-Bayt Stadium

Al-Khor

60.000

New building

Nomad tent

2018

Al-Janoub Stadium

Al-Wakra

40.000

New building

Dhow boat sails

2019

Al-Thumana Stadium

Doha

40.000

New building

Kufi headgear

2020

Doha Port Stadium

Doha

40.000

New building

Unknown

Unknown

Kalifa International Stadium

Al-Rayyan

40.000

modification

Stadion

2017

Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Al-Rayyan

40.000

modification

Unknown

Under construction

Education City Stadium

Al-Rayyan

40.000

New building

Cut diamond

2020

Is this what the 2022 World Cup stadiums look like in Qatar?

Human rights and working conditions: why Qatar is under fire

There was criticism of Qatar from every corner during the application phase. There is no democracy in the emirate, the country is an absolute monarchy. In addition to the lack of football tradition and the climatic conditions, the political conditions in the country are therefore the main point of criticism.

Human rights are not guaranteed in Qatar. Homosexual acts, for example, are a criminal offense in Qatar and there is a risk of up to five years in prison - ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter laughed after the award: "I think you should refrain from all sexual activities at the World Cup." However, there will definitely be alcoholic beverages during the World Cup.

The problems don't stop there, however. Among other things, the working conditions are a scandal. As early as September 2013, the Guardian about the exploitation of Nepalese guest workers and numerous deaths. Between June 4 and August 8, 2013, 44 guest workers died, half of them after heart failure or accidents at work caused by the working conditions on the construction sites. Even a 103-page report from Amnesty International In November 2013, the world football association hardly cared.

Nevertheless, under Blatter, FIFA vehemently refused to re-award the World Cup. Even if the Kafala system prevails in Qatar, which some describe as modern slavery - foreigners are only allowed to terminate their employment contract and leave the country if their employer allows this - FIFA saw only alleged advantages of a "contribution to international understanding". Even professional footballers suffer from the Kafala system, and some of them are detained in the country without wages.

Even in Arabia, Qatar is partially isolated. Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations with the World Cup hosts in June 2017, citing the Qatari government's support for Islamist terrorism as the reason. Yemen, Libya and the Maldives joined the blockade, which included closing all borders. DFB President Reinhard Grindel then thought about the world about boycott. They will coordinate with UEFA and the federal government, but "there are still five years in which political solutions must take precedence over threats of boycott".

There will still be a lot of protests in 2021. The number of deceased workers has now risen to 6,500. The Norwegian national team set an example at the beginning of the World Cup qualification.

The players and coaches wore T-shirts with the words "Respect - On and off the pitch" and similar shirts with the words "Human rights - On and off the pitch" for the anthem - on and next to the square).

World Cup 2022: These countries wanted to host the World Cup

FIFA could have saved the discussions about the award. A total of five countries applied to host the 2022 World Cup. The USA (1994), South Korea and Japan (2002) already had the joy, but with Australia there was another candidate who would have suited Blatter's route of "football expansion". In the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee on December 19, 2008, to the surprise of many classic football nations, Qatar finally prevailed in the fourth voting round, whereby an absolute majority was required to select the host and one applicant had to drop the sails per round.

Applicants

Votes 1st round

Votes 2nd round

Votes 3rd round

Votes 4th round

Qatar

11

10

11

14

United States

3

5

6

8

South Korea

4

5

5

-

Japan

3

2

-

-

Australia

1

-

-

-

Whether the delegates were bribed in the process? The Sunday Times filmed the representatives of Nigeria and Tahiti with a hidden camera while they put their voices up for sale. Nevertheless, Sepp Blatter denied the allegations of corruption and lack of transparency in the award procedure. The Sunday Times followed up in June 2014, citing concrete evidence and reporting that several million US dollars had been poured into Qatar to host the World Cup. However, the reported Sydney Morning Heraldthat applicants Australia would have taken money into their hands as a bribe.

Where can I get tickets for the 2022 World Cup?

Need tickets for the finals at Lusail Iconic Stadium? Then a lot of patience is required. The tickets for the 2022 World Cup are still a long way from being in circulation. It is also still unclear what they will cost. For example, ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup in Russia began on September 14, 2017. Sales are only expected to start later this year.

WM 2022: Free TV and live stream broadcast

No surprises with the allocation of rights for free TV: ARD and ZDF secured the television rights for the 2018 World Cup and the 2022 World Cup mirror reported that 214 million euros would be transferred to FIFA for the desert kicks. The public broadcasting groups did not confirm the numbers.

The European qualification for the "Winter Games of Football" is included RTL. The Cologne-based company is allowed to show all games of the DFB team. The remaining games run exclusively with DAZN.