After more than a decade of controversy since the tournament was awarded, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is just a few months away from starting.
The tournament will be the first in the Arab world and only the second in Asia after Japan and South Korea co-hosted the event in 2002. This edition will be the last with only 32 teams taking part in the tournament, which will be expanded to 48 nations from 2026.
Reigning champions France will be among the favourites, although no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina are also likely to feature in the knockout stages, while Senegal could be Africa’s best hopes of victory for the first time.
Ticket sales for the tournament are now on and everything you need to know is below.
When is the World Cup in Qatar?
Because the summer temperatures in the Gulf state are too high, the World Cup in Qatar will not be held in summer for the first time, but in winter.
The first game of the tournament will take place on November 21st and the final on December 18th. The host country Qatar plays in the opening match.
What is the World Cup draw?
32 sides will compete in Qatar, with the last three sides confirmed following the World Cup playoff draw – a trio of sides including Wales embarking on the global spectacle 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 for the world title in Qatar?
The current favorites for the World Cup in Qatar are as follows:
Where are matches held 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 kilometers north of the capital Doha and was officially opened last November. Its design features an ornate gold and white exterior.
Converted into a sports center by the Qatari government, Losail also hosts Formula 1 and Moto GP races.
The other seven stadiums have a seating capacity of 40,000 to 60,000 and are located in Doha, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah.
How much do Qatar World Cup tickets cost?
The World Cup in Qatar will be the most expensive yet as the average ticket price has increased by 46 percent since the tournament was held in Russia four years ago.
The most expensive open sale ticket for the final at Losail will cost just under £1,200 while the percentage of tickets allocated to the cheapest Category 4 section for all matches has been significantly reduced.
The average group stage ticket costs £126, round of 16 £141, quarterfinals £194, semifinals £502 and final £764.
How can I buy Qatar World Cup tickets?
In the opening phase of Fifa, which ended on March 29, more than 800,000 tickets for the World Cup in Qatar were sold. Fans living in Qatar, USA, England, Mexico and UAE were the biggest ticket buyers. The second round of ticket sales began on April 5, after the group stage draw had been held on April 1, and was conducted as what Fifa called a “random selection draw period”.
A third ‘last minute’ sale period is now underway and will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Fans wishing to secure tickets should go to Fifa ticket portal and register now with the ticket deadline of August 16th.
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