Fifa world cup, organized by the Fifa organization ever since 1930 interval of 4 years, is one of the
most awaited events. To date, 21 tournaments of the Fifa world cup have been held, where as many as 79 countries have participated at least once. The current champion of the Fifa world cup is France which won the 2018 tournament held in Russia. Everyone is now curious about how the 32 different countries will show up in the upcoming 22nd tournament.
People worldwide eagerly await the Fifa world cup 2022 that will be held in Qatar. The 22nd world cup will make the history of being the most expensive Fifa World Cup organized to date. The host country, Qatar, spends an estimated $200 billion on the preparations. World cup 2022 is the 2nd world cup held in Asia after the 2002 world cup held in South Korea. Qatar is a gulf county, so it is needless to say that heat is intense.
Hence, the 22nd tournament is scheduled to commence on 21 November till 18 December (Qatar National Day). Fifa world cup 2022 is the first world cup to be held in November and December. Altogether 64 matches will be played in 8 different venues located in 5 different cities of Qatar.
Venues of Fifa world cup 2022
Only eight stadiums will host the 64 matches of the world cup, making it the second world cup with the least number of stadiums used in the Fifa world cup to date. Among the 8 stadiums, only one is revamped, while the rest are newly constructed.
1. Al Thumama stadium
Located in Doha, this stadium will host a total of 7 matches, including 5 group matches, 1 round of 16, and 1 quarter-final. The first match of the 2022 cup, between Senegal and the Netherlands, will be played in this stadium. It was opened in 2021 with a capacity of 40,000 audiences.
2. Lusail iconic stadium
Among the 8 venues, Lusail stadium is the largest one, with a capacity of 80,000 seats. This stadium
will host a total of 9 matches, including 5 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final, 1 semi-final, and the Grand Final of the 22nd cup. This stadium is located in Lusail city itself and was opened in 2022.
3. Al Bayt Stadium
This stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seats and is located in Al Khor, Qatar. A total of 8 matches
will be played in this stadium, including 5 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final, and 1 semi-final. It was opened in the year 2021.
4. Al Janoub Stadium
Al Janoub Stadium is located in Al Wakrah and has a capacity of 40,000 seats. It will host 6 matches, including 5 group matches and 1 round of 16. This stadium was opened in 2019, making it the second oldest stadium among the 8.
5. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Opened in the year 2020 in Al Rayyan, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium has a capacity of 40,000. 6 matches, including 5 group matches and 1 round of 16, will be hosted in this stadium.
6. Khalifa International Stadium
Not only among the 8 host stadiums but in the entire country, Khalifa International Stadium is the
oldest. This stadium was built in Doha in 1976 and reopened in 2017 after a series of works renovations. 7 matches will be held in this stadium, including 5 group matches, 1 round of 16, and a match for the position of 2nd runner-up.
7. Education City Stadium
This stadium is also located in the capital city of Qatar, Doha. It was opened in 2020 with a capacity of 40,000. All total, 7 matches that include 5 group matches, 1 round of 16, and 1 quarter final will be
held it in this stadium.
8. Stadium 974
Stadium 974 was opened in Doha in the year 2021 with a capacity of 40,000. 5 group matches and 1 Round 16 will be played in this stadium, making it the host of 6 matches.
The theme song of Fifa world cup 2022