The countdown for the FIFA World cup 2022 begins as the tournament is a month away. FIFA World Cup 2022 is around the corner and host Qatar is all ready to welcome the fans all around the World. Amidst the controversies and stuff, Qatar has undoubtedly improved its infrastructure massively.
It is the first FIFA World Cup tournament that is happening in the Middle East.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadium Issues in Qatar?
When the 80,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium staged a friendly between Egypt’s Zamalek and Al-Ahly of Saudi Arabia on Sept. 9, it was the last of the seven new stadiums (Khalifa International Stadium opened in 1976) built for the World Cup to officially open its doors.
The Lusail will host the World Cup final on Dec 18, and it is a spectacular stadium: Think the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (both were designed by stadium architects Populous), but bigger.
Some stadiums are surrounded by dust bowls — huge areas of desert, construction sites, or empty car parks — with no hotels, shops, or cafes for miles.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament format
The 2022 World Cup will follow along the lines of recent editions, with a 32-team group stage to whittle the field down to 16 teams — only the top two teams from each of the eight groups survive.
Those 16 group-stage teams will advance to the single-game knockout stages — Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final — where the winner moves on and the loser goes home. There must be a winner on the day for every knockout-round match, and extra time and penalty kicks will be used, if necessary, to determine the winning side.
- Group stage: Nov. 20-Dec. 2
- Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
- Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
- Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
- Third-place match: Dec. 17
- Final: Dec. 18
It will be a different World Cup than any that has gone before, but the crucial elements are in place now that the stadiums and infrastructure projects have been completed. And it will be ready to kick off in time.