After more than a decade of controversy since the tournament was awarded, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is only a few months away from kickoff.
The tournament will be the first to be held in the Arab world and only the second to be held in Asia, after Japan and South Korea co-hosted the tournament in 2002. the tournament is expanding from 2026 to include 48 countries.
Defending champions France will be among the favorites, although no team has defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, along with fellow European teams England, Spain and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina are also likely to make the playoffs, while Senegal could represent Africa’s best hopes of winning for the first time.
The sale of tickets for the tournament has already begun, and everything you need to know is below.
When is the World Cup in Qatar?
Due to extreme summer temperatures in the Gulf region, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be held in winter rather than summer.
The first match of the tournament is scheduled for November 21, and the final – for December 18. Host nation Qatar will play the first leg.
What is the World Cup draw?
32 teams will compete in Qatar, with the last three teams confirmed for the play-offs after the World Cup draw – a trio of teams, including Wales, heading to the World’s Fair for the first time since 1958.
Here is 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
Who are the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar?
The current favorites for the World Cup in Qatar are as follows:
Where will the matches be played in Qatar?
Eight stadiums in five cities will host World Cup matches in Qatar, including the 80,000-seat Iconic Stadium in Lusail, which will host the final. The stadium is located 23 km north of the capital Doha and was officially opened last November. Its design features exquisite gold and white appearance.
The Qatari government has turned Losail into a sports center that also hosts Formula 1 and Moto GP racing.
The remaining seven stadiums seat between 40,000 and 60,000 and are located in Doha, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakra.
How much will tickets cost for the World Cup in Qatar?
The World Cup in Qatar will be the most expensive, with the average ticket price up 46 percent since the tournament was held in Russia four years ago.
The most expensive general sale ticket for the Losail final will cost just under £1,200, while the percentage of tickets relegated to the cheapest category four section for all matches has been significantly reduced.
On average, tickets for the group stage will cost £126, the Round of 16 £141, the quarter-finals £194, the semi-finals £502 and the final £764.
How can I buy tickets for the World Cup in Qatar?
More than 800,000 tickets for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar were sold during the FIFA sales opening phase, which ended on 29 March. Fans residing in Qatar, the US, England, Mexico and the UAE were the biggest ticket buyers. The second round of ticket sales began on 5 April, after the group stage draw was held on 1 April, and was run as what FIFA called a “random draw sale period”.
The third period of last-minute sales is now in full swing and running on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans hoping to get tickets should go to the FIFA Ticket Portal and register for an account now, with a ticket submission deadline of 16 August.