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FIFA World Cup 2022
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the
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5.1 Team base camps
6 Tournament summary
7 Group stage
7.1 Group A
7.2 Group B
7.3 Group C
7.4 Group D
7.5 Group E
7.6 Gro...
Overview
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FIFA World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations, and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. The event is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.[a]

This tournament is the last with 32 participating teams, as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. France is the defending champion, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Because of Qatar's intense summer heat and humidity,[1][2] this World Cup is being held during November and December.[3] It will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. In its first ever World Cup appearance, Qatar lost 2–0, becoming the first host nation to lose its opening game.[4] The final will be held on 18 December 2022, coinciding with Qatar's National Day.

The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has been the source of substantive controversy in the Western World. These include criticisms of Qatar's human rights record, especially their treatment of migrant workers and position on LGBT issues, among other things; leading to allegations of sportswashing. Others have said Qatar's intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption. Boycotts of the event are planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has twice said that giving Qatar hosting rights was a "mistake".[5][6] FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has defended Qatar and accused the Western World of hypocrisy on the matter, labeling it "profoundly unjust" and "for what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years, before starting to give moral lessons."[7]


Contents
1 Overview
1.1 Schedule
1.2 Prize money
1.3 Rule changes
2 Host selection
2.1 Host selection criticism
3 Teams
3.1 Qualification
3.2 Draw
3.3 Squads
4 Officiating
5 Venues
5.1 Team base camps
6 Tournament summary
7 Group stage
7.1 Group A
7.2 Group B
7.3 Group C
7.4 Group D
7.5 Group E
7.6 Group F
7.7 Group G
7.8 Group H
8 Knockout stage
8.1 Bracket
8.2 Round of 16
8.3 Quarter-finals
8.4 Semi-finals
8.5 Third place play-off
8.6 Final
9 Statistics
9.1 Goalscorers
10 Marketing
10.1 Branding
10.2 Merchandise
10.3 Broadcasting rights
10.4 Sponsorship
11 Symbols
11.1 Mascot
11.2 Match ball
11.3 Music
12 Controversies
12.1 Migrant workers, slavery allegations, and deaths
12.2 Move to November and December
12.3 Bidding corruption allegations, 2014
12.4 Qatar diplomatic crisis, 2017
12.5 Russian participation
12.6 LGBT rights
12.7 Women's rights
12.8 F

FIFA World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations, and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. The event is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.[a]

This tournament is the last with 32 participating teams, as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. France is the defending champion, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Because of Qatar's intense summer heat and humidity,[1][2] this World Cup is being held during November and December.[3] It will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. In its first ever World Cup appearance, Qatar lost 2–0, becoming the first host nation to lose its opening game.[4] The final will be held on 18 December 2022, coinciding with Qatar's National Day.

The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has been the source of substantive controversy in the Western World. These include criticisms of Qatar's human rights record, especially their treatment of migrant workers and position on LGBT issues, among other things; leading to allegations of sportswashing. Others have said Qatar's intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption. Boycotts of the event are planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has twice said that giving Qatar hosting rights was a "mistake".[5][6] FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has defended Qatar and accused the Western World of hypocrisy on the matter, labeling it "profoundly unjust" and "for what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years, before starting to give moral lessons."[7]


Contents
1 Overview
1.1 Schedule
1.2 Prize money
1.3 Rule changes
2 Host selection
2.1 Host selection criticism
3 Teams
3.1 Qualification
3.2 Draw
3.3 Squads
4 Officiating
5 Venues
5.1 Team base camps
6 Tournament summary
7 Group stage
7.1 Group A
7.2 Group B
7.3 Group C
7.4 Group D
7.5 Group E
7.6 Group F
7.7 Group G
7.8 Group H
8 Knockout stage
8.1 Bracket
8.2 Round of 16
8.3 Quarter-finals
8.4 Semi-finals
8.5 Third place play-off
8.6 Final
9 Statistics
9.1 Goalscorers
10 Marketing
10.1 Branding
10.2 Merchandise
10.3 Broadcasting rights
10.4 Sponsorship
11 Symbols
11.1 Mascot
11.2 Match ball
11.3 Music
12 Controversies
12.1 Migrant workers, slavery allegations, and deaths
12.2 Move to November and December
12.3 Bidding corruption allegations, 2014
12.4 Qatar diplomatic crisis, 2017
12.5 Russian participation
12.6 LGBT rights
12.7 Women's rights
12.8 F

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  1. 1. FIFA World Cup 2022 The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations, and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. The event is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.[a] This tournament is the last with 32 participating teams, as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. France is the defending champion, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Because of Qatar's intense summer heat and humidity,[1][2] this World Cup is being held during November and December.[3] It will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. In its first ever World Cup appearance, Qatar lost 2–0, becoming the first host nation to lose its opening game.[4] The final will be held on 18 December 2022, coinciding with Qatar's National Day. The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has been the source of substantive controversy in the Western World. These include criticisms of Qatar's human rights record, especially their treatment of migrant workers and position on LGBT issues, among other things; leading to allegations of sportswashing. Others have said Qatar's intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption. Boycotts of the event are planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has twice said that giving Qatar hosting rights was a "mistake".[5][6] FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has defended Qatar and accused the Western World of hypocrisy on the matter, labeling it "profoundly unjust" and "for what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years, before starting to give moral lessons."[7] Contents 1 Overview 1.1 Schedule 1.2 Prize money 1.3 Rule changes 2 Host selection 2.1 Host selection criticism 3 Teams 3.1 Qualification 3.2 Draw 3.3 Squads 4 Officiating 5 Venues
  2. 2. 5.1 Team base camps 6 Tournament summary 7 Group stage 7.1 Group A 7.2 Group B 7.3 Group C 7.4 Group D 7.5 Group E 7.6 Group F 7.7 Group G 7.8 Group H 8 Knockout stage 8.1 Bracket 8.2 Round of 16 8.3 Quarter-finals 8.4 Semi-finals 8.5 Third place play-off 8.6 Final 9 Statistics 9.1 Goalscorers 10 Marketing 10.1 Branding 10.2 Merchandise 10.3 Broadcasting rights 10.4 Sponsorship 11 Symbols 11.1 Mascot 11.2 Match ball 11.3 Music 12 Controversies 12.1 Migrant workers, slavery allegations, and deaths 12.2 Move to November and December 12.3 Bidding corruption allegations, 2014 12.4 Qatar diplomatic crisis, 2017 12.5 Russian participation 12.6 LGBT rights 12.7 Women's rights 12.8 Fan corruption 12.9 Alcohol ban 12.10 Jewish visitors 13 See also 14 Notes 15 References 16 External links
  3. 3. Overview The FIFA World Cup is a professional association football tournament held between national football teams.[8] Organised by FIFA, the tournament, held every four years, was first played in 1930 in Uruguay,[9] and has been contested by 32-teams since the 1998 event.[9] The tournament is contested with eight round-robin groups followed by a knockout round for 16 teams.[10] The defending champions are the French national football team, who defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.[11][12] The event is scheduled to take place under a reduced length,[13] from 20 November to 18 December in Qatar.[14] Being held in Qatar, it is the first World Cup tournament to be held in the Arab world.[15] Schedule Unlike previous FIFA World Cups, which are typically played in June and July, the 2022 World Cup is being played in November and December to avoid the intense Qatari summer heat.[16] As a result, the World Cup is unusually staged in the middle of the seasons of domestic football leagues, which start in late July or August, including all of the major European leagues, which have been obliged to incorporate extended breaks into their domestic schedules to accommodate the World Cup. Major European competitions have scheduled their respective competitions group matches to be played before the World Cup, in order to avoid playing group matches the following year.[17] The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA in July 2020.[18] The group stage was set to begin on 21 November, with four matches every day. Later, the schedule was tweaked by moving the Qatar vs Ecuador game to 20 November, after Qatar successfully lobbied FIFA to allow their team to open the tournament.[19][20] The final will be played on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.[21][18] The matches for each group were allocated to the following stadiums:[21] Groups A, B, E, F: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium Groups C, D, G, H: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium FIFA confirmed the group stage venue and kick-off times on 1 April 2022, following the draw.[22][23] On 11 August, it was confirmed that Qatar vs Ecuador had been brought forward one day, now becoming the tournament's opening match, while Senegal vs Netherlands, which would have opened the tournament under the original schedule, had been reallocated to the freed-up timeslot.[24] Prize money In April 2022, FIFA announced the prizes for all participating nations. Each qualified team will receive $1.5 million before the competition to cover preparation costs with each team receiving at least $9 million in prize money. This editions' total prize pool will be $440 million, $40 million greater than the prize pool of the previous tournament.[25]
  4. 4. Place Amount ($ million) Per team Total Champions 42 42 Runners-up 30 30 Third place 27 27 Fourth place 25 25 5th–8th place (quarter-finals) 17 68 9th–16th place (Round of 16)13 104 17th–32nd place (Group stage) 9 144 Total 440 Rule changes The tournament will feature new substitution rules where teams may make up to five substitutions in normal time, and an additional substitution in extra time.[26][27][28] In addition, it will be the first World Cup to feature concussion substitutions, where each team is permitted to use a maximum of one concussion substitute during a match. A concussion substitution does not count towards a team's quota of regular substitutions.[29] Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand became the first concussion substitute in World Cup history, being taken off in his country's opening match against England.[30] Host selection Main articles: 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup bid The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009. National associations had until 2 February 2009 to register interest.[31] Initially, 11 bids were made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico withdrew from proceedings,[32][33] and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian Football Association failed to submit a letter of Indonesian government guarantee to support the bid.[34] Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, until Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.[citation needed] After UEFA were guaranteed to host the 2018 event, members of UEFA were no longer in contention to host in 2022.[citation needed] There were five bids remaining for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and the United States. The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.[35] Two FIFA executive committee members were suspended before the vote in relation to allegations of corruption regarding their votes.[36] The decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was graded as having "high operational risk",[37] generated criticism from media commentators.[38] It has been criticised by many as being part of the FIFA corruption scandals.[39] The voting patterns were as follows:[40] 2022 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes) Bidders Votes Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
  5. 5. Qatar 11 10 11 14 United States 3 5 6 8 South Korea 4 5 5 Eliminated Japan 3 2 Eliminated Australia 1 Eliminated Host selection criticism There have been allegations of bribery and corruption in the selection process involving FIFA's executive committee members.[41] These allegations are being investigated by FIFA (see § Bidding corruption allegations, 2014, below). In May 2011, allegations of corruption within the FIFA senior officials raised questions over the legitimacy of the World Cup 2022 being held in Qatar. The accusations of corruption have been made relating to how Qatar won the right to host the event. A FIFA internal investigation and report cleared Qatar of any violation, but chief investigator Michael J. Garcia has since described FIFA's report on his enquiry as containing "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations."[42] In May 2015, Swiss federal prosecutors opened an investigation into corruption and money laundering related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.[43][44] In August 2018, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claimed that Qatar had used "black ops", suggesting that the bid committee had cheated to win the hosting rights.[45] Some investigations found that Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting by hiring a former CIA officer turned private contractor, Kevin Chalker, to spy on rival bid teams and key football officials who picked the winner in 2010.[46] In September 2018, a delegation from al-Ghufran tribe lodged a complaint to FIFA's President to reject the establishment of the World Cup in Qatar unless its government restored the Qatari nationality to all those affected from the tribe and returned land allegedly stolen from them to build the sport facilities.[47] Qatar has faced strong criticism due to the treatment of foreign workers involved in preparation for the World Cup, with Amnesty International referring to "forced labour" and poor working conditions,[48][49] while many migrant workers reported having to pay large "recruitment fees" to obtain employment.[50] The Guardian newspaper reported that many workers are denied food and water, have their identity papers taken away from them, and that they are not paid on time or at all, making some of them in effect slaves. The Guardian has estimated that up to 4,000 workers may die due to lax safety and other causes by the time the competition is held. Between 2015 and 2021, the Qatari government adopted new labour reforms to improve working conditions, including a minimum wage for all workers and the removal of the kafala system. According to Amnesty International, however, living and working conditions of the foreign workers have not improved in the last years.[51] Qatar is the smallest nation by area ever to have been awarded a FIFA World Cup – the next smallest by area is Switzerland, host of the 1954 World Cup, which is more than three times as large as Qatar and only needed to host 16 teams instead of the current 32. Qatar also became only the second country (not including Uruguay and Italy, hosts of the first two World Cups) to
  6. 6. be awarded a FIFA World Cup despite having never qualified for a previous edition: Japan was awarded co-hosting rights of the 2002 World Cup in 1996 without ever having qualified for the finals, although they qualified for the 1998 edition. Of the eight stadiums used in the tournament, six are located in the Doha metropolitan area, making it the first World Cup since 1930 where most of the stadiums are in one city. While this decreases the distance that fans and players will need to commute, Qatar itself is struggling to accommodate the amount of arriving fans with its diminutive amount of space.[52] Due to Qatar's laws on alcohol consumption, World Cup organizers have announced the creation of designated "sobering up" zones as an alternative to wide-scale arrests of intoxicated fans during the World Cup.[53] Qatar's World Cup chief executive of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Nasser Al Khater, was cited by Sky News ensuring safety for implementing the designated sobering-up areas, "It's a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they are not harmful to anybody else."[54] According to ESPN, if a fan is sent to the "sobering up" zone, they will be permitted to leave when they can display clearheaded behavior.[55] Teams Qualification Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification FIFA's six continental confederations organised their own qualifying competitions. All 211 FIFA member associations were eligible to enter qualification. The Qatari national team, as hosts, qualified automatically for the tournament. However, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) obliged Qatar to participate in the Asian qualifying stage as the first two rounds also act as qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[56] Since Qatar reached the final stage as winners in their group, Lebanon, the fifth-best second place team, advanced instead.[57] France, the reigning World Cup champions also went through qualifying stages as normal.[58] Saint Lucia initially entered CONCACAF qualification but withdrew from it before their first match. North Korea withdrew from the AFC qualifying round due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both American Samoa and Samoa withdrew before the OFC qualification draw. Tonga withdrew after the 2022 Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami. Due to COVID-19 outbreaks in their squads, Vanuatu and Cook Islands also withdrew because of the travel restrictions.[citation needed] Of the 32 nations qualified to play at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, 24 countries competed at the previous tournament in 2018.[59] Qatar are the only team making their debut in the FIFA World Cup, becoming the first hosts to make their tournament debut since Italy in 1934. As a result, the 2022 tournament is the first World Cup in which none of the teams that earned a spot through qualification were making their debut. The Netherlands, Ecuador, Ghana, Cameroon and the United States returned to the tournament after missing the 2018 tournament. Canada returned after 36 years, their only prior appearance being in 1986.[60] Wales made their first appearance in 64 years – a record gap for a European team, their only previous participation having been in 1958.[61]
  7. 7. Italy, the four-time winners and reigning European champions, failed to qualify for a second successive World Cup for the first time in their history, losing in the qualification play-off semi-finals.[62] The Italians were the only former champions that failed to qualify, and the highest ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings to do so. Italy are also the fourth team to have failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup having won the previous UEFA European Championship, after Czechoslovakia in 1978, Denmark in 1994 and Greece in 2006.[63] The previous World Cup hosts, Russia, were disqualified from competing due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[64] Chile, the 2015 and 2016 Copa América winners, failed to qualify for the second consecutive time. Nigeria were defeated by Ghana on away goals in Confederation of African Football (CAF) final playoff round, having qualified for the previous three World Cups and six out of the last seven. Egypt, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Iceland and Sweden, all of whom qualified for the 2018 World Cup, did not qualify for the 2022 tournament.[citation needed] Ghana were the lowest ranked team to qualify, ranked 61st.[citation needed] Below is a list of the qualified teams by region, with numbers in parentheses indicating final positions in the FIFA Men's World Ranking before the tournament.[65] AFC (6) Australia (38) Iran (20) Japan (24) Qatar (50) (hosts) Saudi Arabia (51) South Korea (28) CAF (5) Cameroon (43) Ghana (61) Morocco (22) Senegal (18) Tunisia (30) CONCACAF (4) Canada (41) Costa Rica (31) Mexico (13) United States (16) CONMEBOL (4) Argentina (3)
  8. 8. Brazil (1) Ecuador (44) Uruguay (14) OFC (0) None qualified UEFA (13) Belgium (2) Croatia (12) Denmark (10) England (5) France (4) Germany (11) Netherlands (8) Poland (26) Portugal (9) Serbia (21) Spain (7) Switzerland (15) Wales (19) Team qualified Team failed to qualify Team withdrew or suspended Not a FIFA member Draw Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup seeding The final draw was held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar,[66] on 1 April 2022,[67] 19:00 AST, prior to the completion of qualification. The two winners of the inter-confederation play-offs and the winner of the Path A of the UEFA play-offs were not known at the time of the draw.[68] The draw was attended by 2,000 guests and was led by Carli Lloyd, Jermaine Jenas and Samantha Johnson, assisted by the likes of Cafu (Brazil), Lothar Matthäus (Germany), Adel Ahmed Malalla (Qatar), Ali Daei (Iran), Bora Milutinović (Serbia/Mexico), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjer (Algeria) and Tim Cahill (Australia).[69] For the draw, the 32 teams were allocated into four pots based on the FIFA Men's World Rankings of 31 March 2022.[70] Pot one contained the hosts Qatar (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams. Pot two contained the next best eight teams, with the next best eight teams into pot 3. Pot 4 contained the five lowest-ranked teams, along with the placeholders for the two inter-confederation play-off winners and the UEFA Path A play-off winner. Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn into the same group except for UEFA teams, for which there was at least one and no more than two per group.[71]
  9. 9. This principle also applied to the placeholder teams, with constraints applying based on the confederation of both potential winners of each play-off tie. The draw started with pot 1 and ended with pot 4, with each team selected then allocated into the first available group alphabetically. The position for the team within the group would then be drawn (for the purpose of the match schedule), with the pot 1 teams automatically drawn into position 1 of each group.[71] The pots for the draw are shown below.[72] Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Qatar (51) (hosts) Brazil (1) Belgium (2) France (3) Argentina (4) England (5) Spain (7) Portugal (8) Mexico (9) Netherlands (10) Denmark (11) Germany (12) Uruguay (13) Switzerland (14) United States (15) Croatia (16) Senegal (20) Iran (21) Japan (23) Morocco (24) Serbia (25) Poland (26) South Korea (29) Tunisia (35) Cameroon (37) Canada (38) Ecuador (46) Saudi Arabia (49) Ghana (60) Wales (18)[b] Costa Rica (31)[c] Australia (42)[d]
  10. 10. Squads Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup squads Before submitting their final squad for the tournament, teams name a provisional squad of up to 55 players. Teams were required to have their 55-player roster submitted to FIFA by 21 October.[73] Teams were required to name their final squads by 13 November.[74] In August 2022, FIFA increased the final squad size to 26 players from a total of 23 players at the 2018 edition.[75] All teams have a total of 26 players in their final squads except for Iran and France, the latter caused by a quad injury to Karim Benzema, who was not replaced by Didier Deschamps.[76] Officiating Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup officials In May 2022, FIFA announced the list of 36 referees, and 69 assistant referees and 24 video assistant referees for the tournament. Of the 36 referees, FIFA included two each from Argentina, Brazil, England and France.[77][78] For the first time women referees will referee games at a major men's tournament.[79] Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan became the first female referees to be appointed to a men's World Cup.[80] They will be joined by three female assistant referees, also for the first time. Frappart oversaw the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final.[81] Gambian referee Bakary Gassama and Argentine assistant referee Juan Pablo Belatti are among the officials to serve at their third World Cup. Belatti was an assistant referee in the 2018 final.[82][83][84] Other returning officials include referees César Arturo Ramos of Mexico and Janny Sikazwe of Zambia, and Iranian assistant referee Mohammadreza Mansouri.[85][86][87] Referees Confederation Referee AFC Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar) Chris Beath (Australia) Alireza Faghani (Iran) Ma Ning (China) Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates) Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) CAF Bakary Gassama (Gambia) Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria) Victor Gomes (South Africa) Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal) Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) CONCACAF Iván Barton (El Salvador) Ismail Elfath (United States) Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
  11. 11. Saíd Martínez (Honduras) César Arturo Ramos (Mexico) CONMEBOL Raphael Claus (Brazil) Andrés Matonte (Uruguay) Kevin Ortega (Peru) Fernando Rapallini (Argentina) Wilton Sampaio (Brazil) Facundo Tello (Argentina) Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela) OFC Matthew Conger (New Zealand) UEFA Stéphanie Frappart (France) István Kovács (Romania) Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) Szymon Marciniak (Poland) Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain) Michael Oliver (England) Daniele Orsato (Italy) Daniel Siebert (Germany) Anthony Taylor (England) Clément Turpin (France) Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia) Assistant referees Confederation Assistant referee AFC Mohammadreza Abolfazli (Iran) Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar) Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates) Hasan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates) Saud Al-Maqaleh (Qatar) Ashley Beecham (Australia) Cao Yi (China) Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran) Anton Shchetinin (Australia) Shi Xiang (China) CAF Mahmoud Abouelregal (Egypt) Djibril Camara (Senegal) Jerson dos Santos (Angola) Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria) Mokrane Gourari (Algeria) Arsénio Marrengula (Mozambique) Elvis Noupue (Cameroon) Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho) El Hadj Malick Samba (Senegal) Zakhele Siwela (South Africa) CONCACAF Kyle Atkins (United States)
  12. 12. Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico) Helpys Raymundo Feliz (Dominican Republic) Miguel Hernández (Mexico) Walter López (Honduras) Juan Carlos Mora (Costa Rica) David Morán (El Salvador) Alberto Morín (Mexico) Kathryn Nesbitt (United States) Corey Parker (United States) Caleb Wales (Trinidad and Tobago) Zachari Zeegelaar (Suriname) CONMEBOL Neuza Back (Brazil) Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina) Diego Bonfá (Argentina) Bruno Boschilia (Brazil) Ezequiel Brailovsky (Argentina) Gabriel Chade (Argentina) Rodrigo Figueiredo (Brazil) Tulio Moreno (Venezuela) Michael Orué (Peru) Bruno Pires (Brazil) Jesús Sánchez (Peru) Danilo Simon Manis (Brazil) Martín Soppi (Uruguay) Nicolás Taran (Uruguay) Jorge Urrego (Venezuela) OFC Tevita Makasini (Tonga) Mark Rule (New Zealand) UEFA Ovidiu Artene (Romania) Simon Bennett (England) Gary Beswick (England) Stuart Burt (England) Ciro Carbone (Italy) Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain) Nicolas Danos (France) Jan de Vries (Netherlands) Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain) Rafael Foltyn (Germany) Alessandro Giallatini (Italy) Cyril Gringore (France) Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia) Andraž Kovačič (Slovenia) Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland) Vasile Marinescu (Romania)
  13. 13. Adam Nunn (England) Jan Seidel (Germany) Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland) Hessel Steegstra (Netherlands) Video assistant referees Confederation Video assistant referee AFC Abdulla Al-Marri (Qatar) Muhammad Taqi (Singapore) Shaun Evans (Australia) CAF Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco) Adil Zourak (Morocco) CONCACAF Drew Fischer (Canada) Fernando Guerrero (Mexico) Armando Villarreal (United States) CONMEBOL Julio Bascuñán (Chile) Nicolás Gallo (Colombia) Leodán González (Uruguay) Juan Soto (Venezuela) Mauro Vigliano (Argentina) UEFA Jérôme Brisard (France) Bastian Dankert (Germany) Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain) Marco Fritz (Germany) Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain) Massimiliano Irrati (Italy) Tomasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain) Benoît Millot (France) Paolo Valeri (Italy) Pol van Boekel (Netherlands) Venues The first five proposed venues for the World Cup were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. Qatar intends that the stadiums reflect its history and culture, and for the designs to meet the following terms of reference: legacy, comfort, accessibility, and sustainability.[88] The stadiums will be equipped with cooling systems that aim to reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 °C (36 °F), but it is not yet known if this will actually work in the open-air stadiums.[89][90] Their marketing includes statements describing the stadiums as zero waste, and the upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the World Cup and donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.[89][90] Qatar aspires to be compliant and certified by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for all the World Cup stadiums. All of the five stadium projects launched have been designed by German architect Albert Speer & Partners.[91] The Al Bayt Stadium will be the only indoor stadium of the eight used.[92]
  14. 14. A report released in December 2010 quoted FIFA President Sepp Blatter as stating that other nations could host some matches during the World Cup. No specific countries were named in the report.[93] Blatter added that any such decision must be taken by Qatar first and then endorsed by FIFA's executive committee.[94] Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said that holding games in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and possibly Saudi Arabia would help to incorporate the people of the region during the tournament.[95] In an April 2013 report by Merrill Lynch, the organisers in Qatar requested that FIFA to approve a smaller number of stadiums due to the growing costs.[96] Bloomberg said that Qatar wished to cut the number of venues to eight or nine from the twelve originally planned.[97] By April 2017, FIFA had yet to finalise the number of stadiums Qatar must have readied in five years' time. Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) said it expected there would be eight in and near Doha, with the exception of Al Khor.[98][99] In January 2019, Infantino said that FIFA was exploring the possibility of having neighbouring countries host matches during the tournament, in order to reduce political tensions.[100] The most used stadium will be the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will host 10 matches, including the final. The Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor will host 9 matches. All but the 9 matches hosted in Al Khor in this tournament will be held within a 20 miles (32 km) radius of the center of Doha. For the first time ever, all venues used for this tournament will be used for knockout-round matches.[citation needed] Stadium 974, formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud, is the seventh FIFA World Cup 2022 venue to be completed by the SC. Its name comes from the number of shipping containers used in its construction and Qatar's international dialling code. The stadium will host seven matches during the event.[101] Lusail Al Khor Doha Lusail Iconic Stadium Al Bayt Stadium Stadium 974 Al Thumama Stadium Capacity: 80,000[102][103] Capacity: 60,000[104][105] Capacity: 40,000[106][107] Capacity: 40,000[108][109] 17 11 2021 - Visita ao Estádio Lusail (51688281025).jpg Al Bayt Stadium.jpg Host cities in Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup is located in QatarLusailLusailDohaDohaAl KhorAl KhorAl WakrahAl WakrahAl RayyanAl Rayyan Stadiums in Doha area 2022 FIFA World Cup is located in DohaEducationEducation974974KhalifaKhalifaAl ThumamaAl Thumama Al Rayyan Al Wakrah Khalifa International Stadium Education City Stadium Ahmad bin Ali Stadium[e] (Al Rayyan Stadium) Al Janoub Stadium Capacity: 40,000[110][111] Capacity: 40,000[112][113] Capacity: 40,000[114][115] Capacity: 40,000[116][117]
  15. 15. Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg 28 10 2019 Visita ao estádio de futebol Al Janoub (48977932316).jpg Team base camps Base camps will be used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. In July 2022, FIFA announced the hotels and training sites for each participating team.[118][119] This World Cup is the most compact since the inaugural edition in 1930, with 24 of the 32 teams being within a 10 km radius of each other, and are concentrated within the Doha area. It is the first instalment since 1930 where players will not need to take flights to matches, and can remain at the same training base throughout the entire tournament.[120][121] Teams Hotels Training Sites Argentina Qatar University Hostel 1 Qatar University Training Site 3 Australia New Aspire Academy Athlete Accommodation Aspire Zone Training Facilities 5 Belgium Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas Salwa Training Site Brazil The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa Al Arabi SC Stadium Cameroon Banyan Tree Doha At La Cigale Mushaireb Al Sailiya SC Stadium Canada Century Marina Hotel Lusail Umm Salal SC Training Facilities Costa Rica dusitD2 Salwa Doha Al Ahli SC Stadium Croatia Hilton Doha Al Ersal Training Site 3 Denmark Retaj Salwa Resort & SPA Al Sailiya SC 2 Ecuador Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha Mesaimeer SC Training Facilities England Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli Al Wakrah SC Stadium France Al Messila – A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha Al Sadd SC Stadium Germany Zulal Wellness ResortAl-Shamal Stadium Ghana DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd Aspire Zone Training Facilities 1 Iran Al Rayyan Hotel Doha Curio Collection by Hilton Al Rayyan SC Training Facilities 1 Japan Radisson Blu Hotel Doha Al Sadd SC New Training Facilities 1 Mexico Simaisma, A Murwab Resort Al-Khor SC Stadium Morocco Wyndham Doha West Bay Al Duhail SC Stadium Netherlands The St. Regis Doha Qatar University Training Site 6 Poland Ezdan Palace Hotel Al Kharaitiyat SC Training Facilities Portugal Al Samriya Autograph Collection Hotel Al Shahaniya SC Training Facilities Qatar Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Aspire Zone Training Facilities 3 Saudi Arabia Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort Sealine Training Site Senegal Duhail Handball Sports Hall Al Duhail SC 2 SerbiaRixos Gulf Hotel Doha Al Arabi SC Training Facilities South Korea Le Méridien City Center Doha Al Egla Training Site 5 Spain Qatar University Hostel 2 Qatar University Training Site 1 Switzerland Le Royal Méridien, Doha University of Doha Training Facilities Tunisia Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach Al Egla Training Sites 3 United States Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha Al Gharafa SC Stadium Uruguay Pullman Doha West Bay Al Ersal Training Site 1
  16. 16. Wales Delta Hotels City Center Doha Al Sadd SC New Training Facilities 2 Tournament summary The opening ceremony took place on Sunday, 20 November 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, prior to the opening match of the tournament between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.[122] It included appearances by Morgan Freeman and Ghanim Al-Muftah and performances by South Korean singer and BTS member Jungkook.[123][124] It is the first time that the Qur'an has been recited as part of the opening ceremony.[125] The first match of the tournament was held between Qatar and Ecuador from Group A. Ecuador had a disallowed goal in the opening minutes, but eventually won 2–0.[126] In losing the game, Qatar became the first host nation to lose their opening match at a World Cup.[127][128] Group stage All times are local, AST (UTC+3). Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams (groups A to H). Teams in each group are playing one another in a round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage. Tie-breaking criteria for group play The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:[129] Points obtained in all group matches; Goal difference in all group matches; Number of goals scored in all group matches; Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question; Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question; Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question; Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction can be applied to a player in a single match): Yellow card: −1 point; Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points; Direct red card: −4 points; Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points; Drawing of lots. Group A Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group A Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Ecuador 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to knockout stage 2 Senegal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Qatar (H) 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 Updated to match(es) played on 20 November 2022. Source: FIFA (H) Host 20 November 2022
  17. 17. 19:00 Qatar 0–2 Ecuador Report Valencia 16' (pen.), 31' Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Attendance: 67,372 Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy) 21 November 2022 19:00 Senegal Match 2 Netherlands Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil) 25 November 2022 16:00 Qatar Match 18 Senegal Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha 25 November 2022 19:00 Netherlands Match 19 Ecuador Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan 29 November 2022 18:00 Ecuador Match 35 Senegal Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan 29 November 2022 18:00 Netherlands Match 36 Qatar Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Group B Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 England 1 1 0 0 6 2 +4 3 Advance to knockout stage 2 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Iran 1 0 0 1 2 6 −4 0 Updated to match(es) played on 21 November 2022. Source: FIFA 21 November 2022 16:00
  18. 18. England 6–2 Iran Bellingham 35' Saka 43', 62' Sterling 45+1' Rashford 71' Grealish 90' Report Taremi 65', 90+13' (pen.) Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan Attendance: 45,334 Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil) 21 November 2022 22:00 United States Match 4 Wales Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar) 25 November 2022 13:00 Wales Match 17 Iran Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 25 November 2022 22:00 England Match 20 United States Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 29 November 2022 22:00 Wales Match 33 England Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 29 November 2022 22:00 Iran Match 34 United States Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha Group C Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  19. 19. 4 Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 22 November 2022. Source: FIFA 22 November 2022 13:00 Argentina Match 8 Saudi Arabia Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia) 22 November 2022 19:00 Mexico Match 7 Poland Report Stadium 974, Doha Referee: Chris Beath (Australia) 26 November 2022 16:00 Poland Match 22 Saudi Arabia Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan 26 November 2022 22:00 Argentina Match 24 Mexico Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 30 November 2022 22:00 Poland Match 39 Argentina Report Stadium 974, Doha 30 November 2022 22:00 Saudi Arabia Match 40 Mexico Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail Group D Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group D Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 22 November 2022. Source: FIFA 22 November 2022
  20. 20. 16:00 Denmark Match 6 Tunisia Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico) 22 November 2022 22:00 France Match 5 Australia Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa) 26 November 2022 13:00 Tunisia Match 21 Australia Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 26 November 2022 19:00 France Match 23 Denmark Report Stadium 974, Doha 30 November 2022 18:00 Australia Match 37 Denmark Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 30 November 2022 18:00 Tunisia Match 38 France Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan Group E Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 23 November 2022. Source: FIFA 23 November 2022 16:00 Germany Match 11 Japan Report
  21. 21. Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador) 23 November 2022 19:00 Spain Match 10 Costa Rica Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates) 27 November 2022 13:00 Japan Match 25 Costa Rica Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 27 November 2022 22:00 Spain Match 28 Germany Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 1 December 2022 22:00 Japan Match 43 Spain Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan 1 December 2022 22:00 Costa Rica Match 44 Germany Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Group F Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 23 November 2022. Source: FIFA 23 November 2022 13:00 Morocco Match 12 Croatia Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina) 23 November 2022
  22. 22. 22:00 Belgium Match 9 Canada Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) 27 November 2022 16:00 Belgium Match 26 Morocco Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha 27 November 2022 19:00 Croatia Match 27 Canada Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan 1 December 2022 18:00 Croatia Match 41 Belgium Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 1 December 2022 18:00 Canada Match 42 Morocco Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha Group G Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group G Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Serbia0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 24 November 2022. Source: FIFA 24 November 2022 13:00 Switzerland Match 13 Cameroon Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 24 November 2022 22:00 Brazil Match 16 Serbia Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
  23. 23. 28 November 2022 13:00 Cameroon Match 29 Serbia Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 28 November 2022 19:00 Brazil Match 31 Switzerland Report Stadium 974, Doha 2 December 2022 22:00 Serbia Match 47 Switzerland Report Stadium 974, Doha 2 December 2022 22:00 Cameroon Match 48 Brazil Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail Group H Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H Pos Teamvte Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage 2 Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First match(es) will be played on 24 November 2022. Source: FIFA 24 November 2022 16:00 Uruguay Match 14 South Korea Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan 24 November 2022 19:00 Portugal Match 15 Ghana Report Stadium 974, Doha 28 November 2022 16:00 South Korea Match 30 Ghana Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
  24. 24. 28 November 2022 22:00 Portugal Match 32 Uruguay Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 2 December 2022 18:00 Ghana Match 45 Uruguay Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 2 December 2022 18:00 South Korea Match 46 Portugal Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan Knockout stage Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout stage In the knockout stage, if the scores are equal at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played for two periods of 15 minutes each. This is followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.[129] Bracket Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final 3 December – Al Rayyan (Khalifa) Winners Group A 9 December – Lusail Runners-up Group B Winners Match 49 3 December – Al Rayyan (Ahmad bin Ali) Winners Match 50 Winners Group C
  25. 25. 13 December – Lusail Runners-up Group D Winners Match 57 5 December – Al Wakrah Winners Match 58 Winners Group E 9 December – Al Rayyan (Education) Runners-up Group F Winners Match 53 5 December – Doha (974) Winners Match 54 Winners Group G 18 December – Lusail Runners-up Group H Winners Match 61 4 December – Al Khor Winners Match 62 Winners Group B 10 December – Al Khor Runners-up Group A Winners Match 51 4 December – Doha (Al Thumama)
  26. 26. Winners Match 52 Winners Group D 14 December – Al Khor Runners-up Group C Winners Match 59 6 December – Al Rayyan (Education) Winners Match 60 Third place play-off Winners Group F 10 December – Doha (Al Thumama) 17 December – Al Rayyan (Khalifa) Runners-up Group E Winners Match 55 Losers Match 61 6 December – Lusail Winners Match 56 Losers Match 62 Winners Group H Runners-up Group G Round of 16 3 December 2022 18:00 Winners Group A Match 49 Runners-up Group B Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan 3 December 2022 22:00 Winners Group C Match 50 Runners-up Group D Report Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 4 December 2022 18:00
  27. 27. Winners Group D Match 52 Runners-up Group C Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha 4 December 2022 22:00 Winners Group B Match 51 Runners-up Group A Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 5 December 2022 18:00 Winners Group E Match 53 Runners-up Group F Report Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 5 December 2022 22:00 Winners Group G Match 54 Runners-up Group H Report Stadium 974, Doha 6 December 2022 18:00 Winners Group F Match 55 Runners-up Group E Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan 6 December 2022 22:00 Winners Group H Match 56 Runners-up Group G Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail Quarter-finals 9 December 2022 18:00 Winners Match 53 Match 58 Winners Match 54 Report Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan 9 December 2022 22:00 Winners Match 49 Match 57 Winners Match 50 Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 10 December 2022 18:00 Winners Match 55 Match 60 Winners Match 56 Report Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
  28. 28. 10 December 2022 22:00 Winners Match 51 Match 59 Winners Match 52 Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Semi-finals 13 December 2022 22:00 Winners Match 57 Match 61 Winners Match 58 Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 14 December 2022 22:00 Winners Match 59 Match 62 Winners Match 60 Report Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Third place play-off 17 December 2022 18:00 Losers Match 61 Match 63 Losers Match 62 Report Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan Final Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Final 18 December 2022 18:00 Winners Match 61 Match 64 Winners Match 62 Report Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail Statistics Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup statistics Goalscorers There have been 10 goals scored in 2 matches, for an average of 5 goals per match (as of 1 match played on 21 November 2022). 2 goals Ecuador Enner Valencia England Bukayo Saka Iran Mehdi Taremi 1 goal England Jude Bellingham England Jack Grealish
  29. 29. England Marcus Rashford England Raheem Sterling Marketing Branding The official emblem was designed by Lisbon-based Brandia Central branding agency and unveiled in September 2019, during simultaneous events at the Doha Tower, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Zubarah. It is designed to resemble the tournament trophy, the infinity symbol, and the number "8", reflecting upon the "interconnected" event and the eight host stadiums. It also evokes imagery of shawls to signify the tournament's winter scheduling, and contains waves resembling desert dunes. The typography of the emblem's wordmark incorporates kashida—the practice of elongating certain parts of characters in Arabic script to provide typographical emphasis.[130][131][132] Merchandise See also: FIFA World Cup video games Electronic Arts released the 2022 FIFA World Cup DLC in their video game FIFA 23 on 9 November 2022. The expansion includes a World Cup tournament mode with all teams and stadiums from the event, official television presentation elements, and theming, a multiplayer online tournament mode.[133] Instead of being connected to FIFA Ultimate Team, the DLC includes a "World Cup Live" mode, which lets players emulate that day's matches.[citation needed] On 24 August 2022, Panini produced themed stickers and a sticker album for a 14th consecutive World Cup.[134] Collectors are meant to open player packs and use them to fill their sticker book with all 32 participating teams. This year, rare cards with colored borders "parallels" can be found, and can be collected, traded, or sold.[135] On 12 April 2022, FIFA released an OTT service and app revolving around the World Cup called FIFA+ where fans can play games, predict matches, and compete with others.[136] Broadcasting rights Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights In May 2022, Infantino projected that the 2022 FIFA World Cup could be the most-watched in its history, with a global audience of at least 5 billion. The 2018 tournament was seen by 3.57 billion across the tournament.[137] The various controversies surrounding the World Cup in Qatar has led to questions over how the tournament will be covered in the media, and whether they will be discussed or addressed during coverage.[138][139] David Neal, executive producer for U.S. English rightsholder Fox Sports, stated that the broadcaster did not plan to cover issues that are "ancillary" to the tournament unless they "become prevalent and apparent", saying that "[viewers] don't come to us expecting us to be Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, or E:60".[139] Prior to the tournament, a reporter for Denmark's TV 2 was threatened by security during a live report from Katara; the organising committee apologised, stating that they were "mistakenly interrupted".[140]
  30. 30. In February 2015, FIFA extended its media rights contracts in Canada and the United States with Bell Media (Canada), Fox (U.S. English), and NBCUniversal (U.S. Spanish) to last through 2026, without taking any competing offers. The New York Times reported that this decision was likely intended as compensation for the rescheduling of the 2022 World Cup, as the new scheduling places the tournament in competition with major professional sports leagues in North America, such as the National Football League.[141][142][143] Sponsorship FIFA partners FIFA World Cup sponsors African and Middle Eastern supporters Asian supporters North American supporters South American supporters Adidas[144] Coca-Cola[145] Hyundai–Kia[146] Qatar Airways[147] QatarEnergy[148] Visa[149] Wanda Group[150] Anheuser-Busch InBev[151] Byju's[152][153] Crypto.com[154] Hisense[155] McDonald's[156] Mengniu Dairy[157] Vivo[158] GWC Logistics[159] Ooredoo[160] QNB Group[161] Boss[162] Yadea[163] Algorand[164] Frito-Lay[165] Globant[166] The Look Company[167] Claro[168] Inter Rapidísimo[169] Nubank[170] UPL[171] Symbols Mascot The tournament's official mascot was unveiled on 1 April 2022, during the group stage draw. Its name is Laʼeeb (Arabic: ‫لعيب‬, romanized: Laʿīb), which is an Arabic word meaning "super-skilled player". The official website of FIFA says: "Laʼeeb will be known for his youthful spirit; spreading joy and confidence everywhere he goes", and the official backstory of the character, published
  31. 31. there, claims that it comes from a parallel world where tournament mascots live, "a world where ideas and creativity form the basis of characters that live in the minds of everyone".[172] Match ball See also: Adidas Al Rihla The official match ball, "Al Rihla", was unveiled on 30 March 2022. It was mainly inspired by the culture, architecture, iconic boats and flag of Qatar. In Arabic, the word Al Rihla (‫ة‬َ‫ل‬ْ‫ح‬ِّ‫ر‬ْ‫ال‬ ar-riḥla) means "the journey". The ball was designed with sustainability as a priority, making it the first ever official match ball created with water-based glues and inks. As "the game is getting faster" and "speeds up", Adidas used some new features, allowing to provide speed and improve the accuracy of the ball.[173] Music See also: List of FIFA World Cup songs and anthems For the first time, a full FIFA World Cup official soundtrack has been released, instead of one official song.[174] The first song of the album is "Hayya Hayya (Better Together)", performed by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA, released on 1 April 2022 along with the music video.[175] The second song is "Arhbo", performed by Gims and Ozuna, released on 19 August 2022 along with the music video.[176] The third song is "Light The Sky" performed by Nora Fatehi, Manal, Rahma Riad and Balqees, composed by RedOne and released on 7 October 2022 along with the music video.[citation needed] A fourth song, "Tukoh Taka", performed by Maluma, Nicki Minaj and Myriam Fares, was released on 17 November 2022 along with the music video, serving as the official song of the FIFA Fan Festival.[177] Controversies Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup controversies The selection of Qatar as the host country has been controversial;[16] a number of groups and media outlets have expressed concern over the suitability of Qatar to host the event,[178][179] with regard to interpretations of human rights,[16] particularly worker conditions and the rights of fans in the LGBT community because of the illegality of homosexuality in Qatar.[179][180][181][182] FIFA officials were accused of corruption and allowing Qatar to "buy" the World Cup,[183] the treatment of construction workers was called into question by human rights groups,[16][184] and the high costs needed to make the plans a reality were criticised. The climate conditions caused some to call hosting the tournament in Qatar infeasible, with initial plans for air-conditioned stadiums giving way to a potential date switch from summer to winter.[16] While most of Qatar's legal system is based on the Islamic Sharia laws, officials initially announced a willingness to accommodate, with limitations, public alcohol consumption and the promotion of LGBT rights at tournament venues.[185] Qatari officials initially stated that they would not prohibit the display of pride flags at tournament venues, in accordance with FIFA's inclusivity policies, although the country still advised LGBT attendees to comply with the country's modesty and avoid public displays of affection.[186][187] There were also plans to
  32. 32. allow the sale of alcohol inside stadiums and at fan villages.[188] Normally, the sale of alcohol is restricted to non-Muslim guests at selected luxury hotels only.[189] However, in the months proceeding the tournament, Qatar walked back on both commitments: security officials warned in early-2022 that pride flags could be confiscated to protect attendees from potential conflicts with attendees who do not support LGBT rights,[190][191] and the sale of alcohol to fans within the stadiums was prohibited just days before the opening match.[192][188] This also led to concerns about what other commitments may be rolled back.[192][193] In May 2014, Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA president at the time of the selection but later banned for illegal payments, remarked that awarding the World Cup to Qatar was a "mistake" because of the extreme heat.[16][194][195] While addressing delegates from African and Asian confederations, Blatter said allegations of corruption and some of the criticism, including those from sponsors, were "very much linked to racism and discrimination".[196] On 5 November 2022, The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published an investigation reporting that a "hack-for-hire" group based in India had compromised the email accounts and other private communications channels of various politicians, reporters, and other prominent individuals that had been critical of Qatar's hosting of the World Cup. It was reported that the group had been hired by private investigators based in London, which were in turn hired by Qatari officials.[197] Migrant workers, slavery allegations, and deaths The issue of migrant workers' rights also attracted attention,[16] with a 2013 investigation by The Guardian newspaper claiming that many workers were denied food and water, had their identity papers taken away from them, compelled to forced labor, and that they were not paid on time or at all, making some of them effectively slaves.[198] The Guardian estimated that,[198] by the time the competition would be held, without reforms of the kafala system, out of the 2 million-strong migrant workforce[199] up to 4,000 workers could die due to lax safety and other causes.[184] These claims were based upon the fact that 522 Nepalese[200] workers and over 700 Indian[198] workers had died since 2010, when Qatar's bid as World Cup's host had been won, about 250 Indian workers dying each year.[201] Given that there were half a million Indian workers in Qatar, the Indian government said that was quite a normal number of deaths.[201] In 2015, a crew of four journalists from the BBC were arrested and held for two days after they attempted to report on the condition of workers in the country.[202] The reporters had been invited to visit the country as guests of the Government of Qatar.[202] The Wall Street Journal reported in June 2015 the International Trade Union Confederation's claim that over 1,200 workers had died while working on infrastructure and real-estate projects related to the World Cup, and the Qatar Government's counter-claim that none had.[203] The BBC later reported that this often-cited figure of 1,200 workers having died in World Cup construction in Qatar between 2011 and 2013 is not correct, and that the 1,200 number is instead representing deaths
  33. 33. from all Indians and Nepalese working in Qatar, not just of those workers involved in the preparation for the World Cup, and not just of construction workers.[201] Most Qatari nationals avoid doing manual work or low-skilled jobs. They are given preference in the workplace.[204] Michael van Praag, president of the Royal Dutch Football Association, requested the FIFA Executive Committee to pressure Qatar over those allegations to ensure better workers' conditions. He also stated that a new vote on the attribution of the World Cup to Qatar would have to take place if the corruption allegations were to be proved.[205] In March 2016, Amnesty International accused Qatar of using forced labour, forcing the employees to live in poor conditions, and withholding their wages and passports. It also accused FIFA of failing to stop the stadium from being built on "human right abuses."[206] Migrant workers told Amnesty about verbal abuse and threats they received after complaining about not being paid for up to several months. Nepali workers were even denied leave to visit their family after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.[207] In October 2017, the International Trade Union Confederation said that Qatar had signed an agreement to improve the situation of more than 2 million migrant workers in the country. According to the ITUC, the agreement provided for establishing substantial reforms in labour system, including ending the Kafala system. The ITUC also stated that the agreement would positively affect the general situation of workers, especially those who work on the 2022 FIFA World Cup infrastructure projects. The workers will no longer need their employer's permission to leave the country or change their jobs.[208] Amnesty International have questioned whether Qatar would complete the promised labour reforms before the start of the World Cup, a sentiment that FIFA backed. Amnesty International found that abuses were still occurring despite the nation taking some steps to improve labour rights.[209] In May 2019, an investigation by the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper discovered some of the 28,000 workers on the stadiums are being paid 750 Qatari Riyal per month, which is equivalent to £190 per month or 99 pence an hour for a typical 48-hour week.[210] Hendriks Graszoden, the turf supplier for the 2006 World Cup and for the European Championships in 2008 and 2016, refused to supply Qatar with World Cup turf. According to company spokesperson Gerdien Vloet, one reason for this decision was the accusations of human rights abuses.[211] In April 2020, the government of Qatar provided $824 million to pay the wages of migrant workers in quarantine or undergoing treatment for COVID-19.[212][213] Later that year, the Qatari government announced a monthly minimum wage for all workers of 1,000 riyals (US$275), an increase from the previous temporary minimum wage of 750 riyals a month.[214][215] The new laws went into effect in March 2021.[216] The International Labour Organization said "Qatar is the first country in the region to introduce a non-discriminatory minimum wage, which is a part of a series of historical reforms of the country's labour laws,"[217] while the campaign group Migrant Rights said the new minimum wage was too low to meet migrant workers' need with Qatar's high cost of living.[218]
  34. 34. Employers are obligated to pay 300 riyals for food and 500 riyals for accommodation, if they do not provide employees with these directly. The No Objection Certificate was removed so that employees can change jobs without consent of the current employer. A Minimum Wage Committee was also formed to check on the implementation.[219] These reforms removed the kafala system and a contractual system was introduced.[199][220] An investigative report published by The Guardian used data from embassies and national foreign employment offices to estimate migrant worker death toll since World Cup was awarded to Qatar. Between 2010 and late 2020 over 6,500 migrant workers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar.[221] At the 2022 FIFA Congress in Doha, Lise Klaveness—head of the Norwegian Football Federation—criticised the organisation for having awarded the World Cup to Qatar, citing the various controversies surrounding the tournament. She argued that "in 2010 World Cups were awarded by FIFA in unacceptable ways with unacceptable consequences. Human rights, equality, democracy: the core interests of football were not in the starting XI until many years later. These basic rights were pressured onto the field as substitutes by outside voices. FIFA has addressed these issues but there's still a long way to go."[222][223] Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar 2022, criticised her remarks for ignoring the country's recent labour reforms.[223] The European Union's Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2021 noted Qatar's labour law reforms had incorporated non-discriminatory minimum wage systems and removal of the Kafala system in 2021.[224] In March 2022, FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed in an interview that the Gulf nation is being progressive in terms of the labour rights and migrant rights issues that prevailed previously, adding "I am pleased to see the strong commitment from the Qatari authorities to ensure the reforms are fully implemented across the labour market, leaving a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup long after the event, and benefiting migrant workers in the host country in the long term."[225][226] Shortly before the tournament, France 24 broadcast a report titled "The plight of migrant workers in Qatar", adding more details to the controversy and how many reform laws have not been followed.[227] In a news conference preceding the tournament on 19 November 2022, Infantino defended criticism of Qatar as hypocritical; stating that "[Europeans] should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people", he asked "how many of these European companies who earn millions and millions from Qatar or other countries in the region—billions every year—how many of them have addressed migrant worker rights? I have the answer: none of them, because if they change the legislation it means less profits. But we did. And FIFA generated much, much, much less than any of these companies, from Qatar."[228][229] Move to November and December Owing to the climate in Qatar, concerns were expressed over holding the World Cup in its traditional timeframe of June and July. In October 2013, a task force was commissioned to consider alternative dates and report after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[230] On 24
  35. 35. February 2015, the FIFA Task Force proposed that the tournament be played from late November to late December 2022,[231] to avoid the summer heat between May and September and also avoid clashing with the 2022 Winter Olympics in February, the 2022 Winter Paralympics in March and Ramadan in April.[232][233] The notion of staging the tournament in November is controversial since it would interfere with the regular season schedules of some domestic leagues around the world. Commentators have noted the clash with the Western Christmas season is likely to cause disruption, whilst there is concern about how short the tournament is intended to be.[234] FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said that awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a "blatant mistake".[235] Frank Lowy, chairman of Football Federation Australia, said that if the 2022 World Cup were moved to November and thus upset the schedule of the A-League, they would seek compensation from FIFA.[236] Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, stated that they would consider legal action against FIFA because a move would interfere with the Premier League's popular Christmas and New Year fixture programme.[237] On 19 March 2015, FIFA sources confirmed that the final would be played on 18 December.[238] Bidding corruption allegations, 2014 See also: Garcia Report Qatar has faced growing pressure over its hosting of the World Cup in relation to allegations over the role of former top football official Mohammed bin Hammam played in securing the bid.[239] A former employee of the Qatar bid team alleged[year needed] that several African officials were paid $1.5 million by Qatar.[240] She retracted her claims, but later said that she was coerced to do so by Qatari bid officials.[241] [242] In March 2014, it was discovered that disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner and his family were paid almost $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar's successful campaign. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating Warner and his alleged links to the Qatari bid.[243] The Sunday Times published bribery allegations based on a leak of millions of secret documents.[244] In June 2014, five of FIFA's six primary sponsors, Sony, Adidas, Visa, Hyundai, and Coca-Cola, called upon FIFA to investigate the claims.[245][246] Jim Boyce, vice-president of FIFA, stated he would support a re-vote to find a new host if the corruption allegations are proven.[247][248] FIFA completed a lengthy investigation into these allegations and a report cleared Qatar of any wrongdoing. Despite the claims, the Qataris insist that the corruption allegations are being driven by envy and mistrust while Sepp Blatter said it is fuelled by racism in the British media.[249][250] In the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Swiss officials, operating under information from the United States Department of Justice, arrested many senior FIFA officials in Zurich, Switzerland and seized physical and electronic records from FIFA's main headquarters. The arrests continued in the United States, where several FIFA officers were arrested, and FIFA buildings were raided.
  36. 36. The arrests were made on the information of at least a $150 million (USD) corruption and bribery scandal.[251] On 7 June 2015, Phaedra Almajid, the former media officer for the Qatar bid team, claimed that the allegations would result in Qatar not hosting the World Cup.[252] In an interview published on the same day, Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, stated that "should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be cancelled."[253][254] Qatar diplomatic crisis, 2017 See also: Qatar diplomatic crisis On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region and supporting terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, in a letter, asked FIFA to replace Qatar as World Cup Host, calling the country as a "base of terrorism".[255] In October 2017, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy head of Dubai Police and General Security, wrote about the crisis on Twitter in Arabic; saying "If the World Cup leaves Qatar, Qatar's crisis will be over...because the crisis is created to get away from it". According to media reports, the message appeared to imply that the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar was only enacted due to Qatar hosting the world's biggest football event.[256] In reaction to media coverage of his tweet, Dhahi Khalfan tweeted; "I said Qatar is faking a crisis and claims it's besieged so it could get away from the burdens of building expensive sports facilities for the World Cup".[257] UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Dhahi Khalfan had been misunderstood in media coverage. In response, Gargash clarified that Qatar's hosting of World Cup 2022 "should include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism."[258] Russian participation On 9 December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, after RUSADA was found non-compliant for handing over manipulated lab data to investigators.[259] The Russian national team were still permitted to enter qualification, as the ban only applied to the final tournament to decide the world champions. A team representing Russia, which uses the Russian flag and anthem, could not participate under the WADA decision whilst the ban is active.[260] The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[261] and on 17 December 2020, Russian teams were banned from competing at world championships organised or sanctioned by a WADA signatory until 16 December 2022, the day before the third-place playoff.[262] After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine Russia's participation was further thrown into doubt. On 24 February, the three teams in Russia's qualifying path — Czech Republic, Poland, and Sweden — announced their unwillingness to play any matches in Russian territory.[263] Poland and Sweden extended the boycott on 26 February to any qualifying games, and the Czech Republic made the same decision one day later.[264][265][266]
  37. 37. On 27 February 2022, FIFA announced a number of sanctions impacting Russia's participation in international football. Russia was prohibited from hosting international competitions, and the national team was ordered to play all home matches behind closed doors in neutral countries. Under these sanctions, Russia would not be allowed to compete under the country's name, flag, or national anthem; similarly to the Russian athletes' participation in events such as the Olympics,[267] the team would compete under the abbreviation of their national federation, the Russian Football Union ("RFU"), rather than "Russia".[268] The next day, however, FIFA decided to suspend Russia from international competitions "until further notice", including its participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[269] LGBT rights See also: Homosexuality in association football As early as 2010, concerns have been raised about the rights of members of the LGBT community who attend the tournament, since homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.[179][270] After Qatar was chosen as host, Blatter was criticised for jokingly telling a reporter inquiring about these concerns that gay attendees "should refrain from any sexual activities".[271][272] In apology for the statement, Blatter assured that FIFA did not tolerate discrimination, and stated that "what we want to do is open this game to everybody, and to open it to all cultures, and this is what we are doing in 2022."[273] In 2013, Hassan al-Thawadi stated that everyone would be welcome at Qatar 2022, but warned against public displays of affection because they were "not part of our culture and tradition".[187] In November 2021, Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay in October 2021,[274] said he would be afraid to travel to Qatar to play. Nasser Al Khater, head of the tournament's organising committee, replied that Cavallo would be "welcome" in the country.[275] Qatari officials initially stated in December 2020 that, in accordance with FIFA's inclusion policy, it would not restrict the display of pro-LGBT imagery and symbols (such as rainbow flags) at matches during the World Cup.[186] However, in April 2022, a senior security official overseeing the tournament stated that there were plans to confiscate pride flags from spectators, allegedly as a safety measure to protect them from altercations with spectators that are anti-LGBT. Fare network criticised the report, arguing that actions against the LGBT community by the state were of a greater concern to those attending the World Cup than the actions of individuals.[190][191] In September 2022, several European soccer federations asked FIFA to allow their teams captains to wear armbands displaying a rainbow heart design as part of the human rights OneLove campaign to fight discrimination. FIFA, who bans teams from bringing their own armband designs to the World Cup, has yet to decide on the issue.[276] In October 2022, Human Rights Watch called on FIFA to press Qatar to launch reforms that protected LGBT people after a Qatari official denied that there were cases of LGBT people beaten in jail.[277] Qatari officials also rejected allegations that there were conversion therapy centers in Qatar.[278]
  38. 38. In November 2022, the German government condemned comments made in an interview with a TV channel by Khalid Salman, a former footballer and also a Qatari official for the promotion of the World Cup, who said homosexuality was a "damage in the mind". In the same interview Salman said "The most important thing is, everybody will accept that they come here. But they will have to accept our rules. [Homosexuality] is haram. You know what haram means?" and "I am not a strict Muslim but why is it haram? Because it is damage in the mind".[279] However, Salman later stated that his comments were misinterpreted. An extended video posted later revealed that Salman's comment "damage in the mind" was in relation to alcohol and not homosexuality.[280][281] On 13 November 2022, a week before the tournament was due to kick off, British comedian Joe Lycett released a video criticizing David Beckham for his lucrative sponsorship deal promoting the World Cup due to the country's stance on LGBT rights. In the video, he said he would give £10,000 to charities that support queer people in football if Beckham pulled out of the deal. If Beckham did not pull out of the deal, he promised to shred the money during a livestream on 20 November, just before the World Cup opening ceremony.[282] After the deadline passed with no response from Beckham or his representatives, Lycett livestreamed himself appearing to shred the money.[283][284] Associations were warned about players being booked for wearing rainbow coloured armbands at the tournament after having arrived at the tournament.[285] A joint statement by England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands confirmed they would not wear the armband during matches at the tournament.[286] In a news conference preceding the tournament on 19 November 2022, Infantino continued to affirm that "everyone who comes to Qatar is welcome, whatever religion, race, sexual orientation, belief she or he has, everyone is welcome. This was our requirement and the Qatari state sticks to that requirement", and argued that anti-LGBT laws "exist in many countries in the world", and "existed in Switzerland when they organised the World Cup in 1954."[228][229] Women's rights Discrimination against women was also criticized.[287][288] Women in Qatar must obtain permission from their male guardians to marry, study abroad on government scholarships, work in many government jobs, travel abroad, receive certain forms of reproductive health care, and act as the primary guardian of children, even if they are divorced.[289] A Mexican employee of the World Cup Organizing Committee was accused of allegedly having sex outside of marriage. The woman had previously reported rape. However, the male claimed to have been in a relationship with her, after which the woman was investigated for extramarital sex. Women in Qatar face the possible penalty of flagellation and a seven-year prison sentence if convicted for having sex outside of marriage. The criminal case against the Organizing Committee employee was dropped months after she was allowed to leave Qatar.[290] Fan corruption
  39. 39. In 2020, Qatar began a fan engagement program promising to pay air travel, entrance tickets to matches, housing and even spending money for groups of fans from all competing nations under the Fan Leader Network programme. However, fans who are handpicked by the Qatari government are required to sing and chant when asked to, and are required to report any social media posts which are critical of Qatar.[291] Following international press relating to the Fan Leader Network, the Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy took the decision to suspend the per diem payments to these fans.[292] Alcohol ban As part of the Qatari bid, alcohol was to be permitted to be consumed around the stadiums. This is in contradiction to Qatari law which prohibits public consumption of alcohol and limits its consumption to high-end hotels. It was agreed that Budweiser, FIFA's largest sponsor, would be permitted to sell their beer in designated areas in the stadium. Eight days before the tournament Qatari officials informed AB InBev, the owners of Budweiser, that the beer tents were to be moved to less prominent areas and were no longer authorised inside the stadiums but still within the stadium perimeter.[293] Two days before the tournament, on 18 November 2022, FIFA released a statement that sale points of beer will be removed from stadium perimeters in contradiction to both the Qatari bid and the earlier commitment when the sales were moved outside of the stadiums. FIFA's response was questioned as FIFA had forced recent World Cup hosts, such as Brazil, to change their laws to allow alcohol consumption at matches in line with sponsorship commitments.[188] Alcohol will still be permitted however inside the fan villages and inside the stadium in the corporate hospitality boxes, leading to claims of double-standards.[192] Jewish visitors Qatar had previously promised to provide Jewish tourists with cooked Kosher foods and public Jewish prayer services at the 2022 World Cup. Qatar did neither, claiming that they could not secure the safety of Jews in public places whilst many of them complained that they subsequently had no food available to eat.[294] It is estimated that more than 10,000 Jews are arriving to watch the World Cup in Qatar despite some people cancelling their trips because of this news.[294][295] See also FIFA World Cup hosts 2021 FIFA Arab Cup 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Notes The 2018 competition in Russia featured two Asian venues, according to various definitions of the geographical boundary between Asia and Europe: Yekaterinburg and Sochi. UEFA Path A winners, team not determined at time of draw CONCACAF v OFC winners, team not determined at time of draw
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