After over a decade of controversy because it was awarded the tournament, the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar is now properly underway.
The tournament is the first to be held in the Arab world and solely the second to happen in Asia, after Japan and South Korea joint-hosted the occasion in 2002. This version can be the final to function simply 32 groups, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 inwards with the intention to function 48 nations.
Reigning champions France are amongst the favourites, although no workforce has efficiently defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain, and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina can even probably function in the knockout levels, whereas Senegal may signify Africa’s greatest hopes of profitable for the first time.
Ticket gross sales at the moment are underway for the tournament, and all the things it’s essential to know is under.
When is the World Cup in Qatar?
Because of extreme summer time temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup is the first to be staged in winter quite than summer time.
The first match of the tournament passed off on 21 November, and the remaining is scheduled for 18 December. Host nation Qatar will play in the opening fixture.
What is the World Cup draw?
32 groups are competing in Qatar with the remaining three groups confirmed through play-offs after the World Cup draw had taken place – a trio of sides that included Wales, who’re heading to the world showpiece for the first time since 1958.
Here’s the group stage draw:
Group A : Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
What time are the matches?
The group stage will see 4 video games per day with kick-offs at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (GMT).
The knockout levels – last-16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and remaining – will see matches at 4pm and 7pm (GMT).
Where will matches in Qatar happen?
Eight stadiums in 5 cities are internet hosting World Cup matches in Qatar, together with the 80,000 seater Iconic Stadium in Lusail, which is able to stage the remaining. The stadium is situated 23 kilometres north of the capital Doha, and was formally opened final November. Its design options an elaborate gold and white exterior.
Losail has been changed into a sports activities hub by the Qatari authorities, and additionally hosts Formula 1 and Moto GP races.
The different seven stadia vary in capability from 40,000 to 60,000 seats, and are situated in Doha, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, and Al Wakrah.
How a lot will Qatar World Cup tickets price?
The Qatar World Cup is the costliest but, with the common ticket worth rising by 46 p.c since the tournament was held in Russia 4 years in the past.
The costliest basic sale ticket for the remaining in Losail is slightly below £1,200, whereas the share of tickets allotted into the most cost-effective class 4 part for all matches has been considerably decreased.
The common group stage ticket prices £126, the round-of-16 £141, the quarter-finals £194, the semi-finals £502, and the remaining £764.
How can I purchase tickets for the Qatar World Cup?
Over 800,000 tickets for the Qatar World Cup had been offered in Fifa’s opening gross sales section, which closed on 29 March. Fans residing in Qatar, the USA, England, Mexico and the UAE had been the greatest purchasers of tickets.
The second spherical of ticket gross sales started on 5 April, after the group stage draw was made on 1 April, and was carried out as what Fifa referred to as a “random selection draw sales period.”
A 3rd, “last minute” gross sales interval is now underway on a first-come first-serve foundation. From 18 October 2022, prospects already in Qatar can go to the Main Ticketing Centre situated at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.
Who are the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar?
The present favourites for the World Cup in Qatar are as follows: