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FIFA World Cup 2022 – Everything You Need To Know!

FIFA (Federation of International Football Association) World Cup is one of the most respected tournaments in the world of sports. This most-awaited tournament takes place after every four years. In it, a total of 32 nations compete against each other in the game to win the title. This year, FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.

FIFA World Cup 2022 - Everything You Need To Know!

This quadrennial tournament of the men’s national team determines the world champion in the football world. It is perhaps one of the most popular events, which draws billions of views from worldwide viewers. Besides the men’s World Cup, the women’s FIFA World Cup is also there, where women from different countries participate and try to win the title.

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FIFA World Cup – History

FIFA World Cup 2022 - Everything You Need To Know!

Before the Football World Cup came into existence, the football tournament was organised as part of the Summer Olympics. It was one of the prestigious tournaments of that time. However, in the 1920s, the game faced a massive transition to professionalism that was not consistent with the whole Olympic spirit. Therefore, FIFA, the governing body, made some plans to organise a Football World Cup. On May 26, 1928, the decision to arrange the first edition of the football world cup officially declared to the world. 

The first official World Cup was played in Uruguay in 1930. After that, the tournament started to take place every fourth year (quadrennially), with exceptions to the Second World War. 

Furthermore, in the late 1800s, a few unofficial pre-FIFA World Cups were prevalent. Besides that, another unofficial world cup took place in 1909 and 1911, named as Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy.

During the initial phase of the world cup, the trophy awarded from 1930 to 1970 to the winning team was called Jules Rimet Trophy. It was named after the Frenchmen who initially proposed the idea of this tournament. 

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FIFA World Cup – Qualifiers

FIFA World Cup 2022 - Everything You Need To Know!

It will be the first time that the FIFA World Cup is taking place in the Middle Eastern Country and the first time to be held at the end of the year. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup across five cities – Doha, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Lusail and Al Wakrah.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification round determines which team(s) will join the tournament. There are 31 teams who have made their place in the tournament + Qatar received an automatic spot due to hosting the tournament.

Qualification for the FIFA World Cup started on June 6, 2019, onwards. There were parallel tournaments organised by FIFA’s six confederations. The qualifier matches started with the AFC Zone (Asian Qualifiers). Furthermore, the qualifiers faced a lot of postponement due to COVID-19 and further restrictions. 

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List Of Qualifying Teams In The FIFA World Cup 2022:

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off in Qatar this year on Sunday, November 20, at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will start with 32 teams in eight groups of four:

Group A: Qatar, Netherlands, Ecuador, Senegal

Group B: England, USA, Wales, Iran

Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia,

Group D: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, Germany

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Morocco

Group G: Brazil, Switzerland, Cameroon, Serbia

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, South Korea, Uruguay

FIFA World Cup Schedule And Format

FIFA World Cup 2022 - Everything You Need To Know!

Each day during the whole tournament, four matches will be played on the group stage. It will further run over 12 days, and later on, will see winners and runner-ups progress to the round of 16.

Match Schedule:

Sunday – November 20 (Kick-Offs)

Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Monday – November 21 (Kick-Offs)

Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Tuesday – November 22 (Kick-Offs)

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Wednesday – November 23 (Kick-Offs)

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Thursday – November 24 (Kick-Offs)

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Friday – November 25 (Kick-Offs)

Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Saturday – November 26 (Kick-Offs)

Group D: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Sunday – November 27 (Kick-Offs)

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Monday – November 28 (Kick-Offs)

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Group H: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Tuesday – November 29 (Kick-Offs)

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Wednesday – November 30 (Kick-Offs)

Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Thursday – December 1 (Kick-Offs)

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor)

Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Friday – December 2 (Kick-Offs)

Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha)

Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Round Of 16

Saturday – December 3

49 – Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

50 – Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Sunday – December 4

51 – Winners of Group D vs Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha)

52 – Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Monday – December 5

53 – Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah)

54 – Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha)

Tuesday – December 6

55 – Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

56 – Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Quarter Finals

Friday – December 9

58 – Winners of 53 vs Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan)

57 – Winners of 49 vs Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Saturday – December 10

60 – Winners of 55 vs Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha)

59 – Winners of 51 vs Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Semi-Finals

Tuesday – December 13

61 – Winners of 57 vs Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

Wednesday – December 14

62 – Winners of 59 vs Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Saturday – December 17

63 – Third place play-off (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Final

Sunday – December 18

64 – The World Cup final (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail)

FIFA World Cup Tickets

Locals living in Qatar can get a discount while buying the tickets. Furthermore, for others, group stage tickets cost between $70 and $220, and knockout matches between $600 and $1,600. Currently, tickets are sold-out for most of the matches apart from a couple of group games.

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Final Words

No doubt that football is an extreme and adventurous sport. And that’s the reason why the FIFA World Cup has a different level of madness among its fans all over the world. 

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WRITTEN BY:
Shireen Ansari

Hello Folks!
My name is Shireen. I work as a content writer at Piggy Ride. I completed MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Lucknow. I am a passionate writer and an avid reader.

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