Several matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar, the nation that won the bid to host the tournament. As part of its preparations, the Qatar Football Association has pledged to equip the country’s stadiums with air conditioning systems.
The country will be the first Arab or Muslim nation to host a full World Cup. The competition will be held in the winter months of November and December, with temperatures expected to be low in the centigrade range.
The first matches of the tournament will take place on November 20 between Qatar and Ecuador. The hosts lost 2-0. A second game between Argentina and Saudi Arabia was postponed due to a hurricane. After the game, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made a statement on the state of Qatar. He noted that more than 6,500 migrant workers died during the construction of the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The tournament will take place in five cities in Qatar: Doha, Al Bayt, Al Wakrah, Al Ghanim, and Al Sadd. It will be held in November and December and is scheduled to last 29 days. The matches will be played on Sundays and Mondays. The finals will take place on 18 December and will be played at the Lusail Stadium. The winners will advance to the round of 16 and the runners up will advance to the semi-finals.
The competition will start with the group stage, with 32 teams. The group stage will consist of five group matches. Each day, four matches will be played. The top three teams from each group will advance to the round of 16. Depending on how well each team performs, they will be drawn into the round of 16.
The group stage matches will be broadcast live on Rai networks. The two Rai networks are Rai 1 and Rai 2. Most matches will be played on open television. Other games will be played at various stadiums throughout Qatar.
A total of 64 matches will be played at eight venues throughout five cities in Qatar. FIFA has optimised the match schedule for both spectators and teams. This means that all matches are scheduled for three hours and five minutes. This is an unusual time frame for a World Cup match. It is a way for FIFA to optimise the schedule for media coverage.
As of the time of writing, five matches have been played in the first week of the tournament. Spain defeated Costa Rica 7-0 in the Group E opener. Brazil dominated Serbia, with Richarlison scoring a brace. It was Richarlison’s first goal in a World Cup, and he will be hoping to repeat his success from four years ago.
The second round of matches will see Mexico face Poland. Belgium will face Canada in Group F. Defending World Cup champion France will play Australia in the last group match. It will be the last chance for a “golden generation” to win a major tournament.