For now FIFA World Cup 2020 seems like years away and it is. But part of FIFA World Cup is the hype that builds up until that point.
Publishers and newspapers have a job and that job is to create an environment that leads to the point until the games are actually played.
The articles and the stories acts as catalyst and drive for people and organisations to bring out the FIFA World Cup festivities.
You can’t really have a World Cup without the special promotions, the offers and the debates that lead up to the games.
You want people filling up in the streets, in the theatres and all other communal gathering places. In some countries you have these gatherings in tea shops and coffee houses and in others, these gatherings are in pubs and bars.
They all create an atmosphere of competitiveness which only reaches it climax when your favourite team loses a game and are out of the world cup.
Where is Fifa 2022 World Cup?
As with all FIFA World Cup games which happen every four years, they aren’t held in the same country. Each country gets to bid to host the games which for most countries is an honour and privilege.
This can be for various reasons including economics and politics. Countries want to drive their economic development, so what a better way to progress than host international games which bring investments and interests in the country.
It puts that country in to the international eye for four full years. They get to enjoy all the media attention (which maybe good or bad depending on how you look at it).
FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar – the first time ever an Arab nation hosting the game.
Tell me a bit about Qatar – the hosting nation
Qatar is a nation surrounded mostly by the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. It is a nation with one of the largest deposits of oil and gas.
So you can probably guess they are pretty wealthy. In fact the nation is so rich that the GDP per capita amounts to $138,910 which is the highest in the world.
The country only has 313,000 citizens and the rest of the population is made up of expat workers from all over the world – but mostly South Asia.
Qatar is an influential nation in the area with significant power who have now gone on to act as intermediaries between much larger and more powerful nations.
The country plans to develop nine new stadiums and repurpose three of the existing national studiums in preparation for hosting the FIFA World Cup.
It is expected that a total 1.6 million football fans will come to Qatar in anticipation of the international football competition.
The country has enlisted the organisers of Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to plan out massive desert camps that will include restaurants and bars in an unparalleled scale.
They have also been reported to book out cruise ships that will dock in the Persian Gulf to act as temporary accommodation for tens of thousands of people.
Who are the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup
There are six FIFA World Cup confederations divided by continents (as shown below) who organise their own competitions for qualification. As the hosting nation, Qatar automatically qualifies for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
- CAF (Africa)
- AFC (Asia)
- UEFA (Europe)
- CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean)
- OFC (Oceania)
- CONMEBOL (South America)
The first qualifying games were held in June 2019 in the Asian qualifying tournament. The game was played Mongolia vs Brunei with Mongolia winning 2–0.
Venues and Stadiums
Qatar is expected put out on the show a total of 12 stadiums, some completing built for the purpose of FIFA World Cup, others are existing national football stadiums. Here are some of well know Qatari stadiums.
- Lusail Iconic Stadium
- Al Bayt Stadium
- Education City Stadium
- Al Rayyan Stadium