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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: the qualified countries, when the tournament starts and everything you need to know


Jan 14, 2022

(CNN Spanish) — The twenty-second edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world’s biggest football event, will be held for the first time in Qatar.

The World Cup will start on November 21 and end on December 18, 2022.


With 32 teams that will compete in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The qualifiers began in 2019, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, the classification will not be defined until March 2022.

In addition to the host country, several have already qualified for the championship, including favorites Brazil, Argentina, Germany and defending champion France.

This is how the quotas are distributed:

Europe – UEFA: 13 places
Africa – CAF: 5 slots
South America – Conmebol: 4.5 seats
Asia-AFC: 4.5 seats
North America, Central America and the Caribbean – Concacaf: 3.5 places
Oceania – OFC: 0.5 slots

World Cup Calendar

The opening match of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place on November 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm local time (05:00 am, Miami time) at the Al Bayt Stadium, a stadium with a capacity for 60,000 spectators.

Local times for group stage matches will be 01:00 pm, 04:00 pm, 07:00 pm and 10:00 pm; while the matches of the last day of this phase, as well as the subsequent qualifiers, will be played simultaneously at 06:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Khalifa International Stadium will host the third-place match on December 17, while the final will be played at 06:00 pm local time at Lusail Stadium in front of 80,000 spectators.

“In order to give all the teams enough time to recover, the group stage will last twelve days, with four games a day being played, so the schedule promises to be very exciting,” FIFA said. .

FIFA has said that “the stadium and the schedule of the group stage matches for each of the days will be decided after the final draw, scheduled for after the March 2022 qualifiers”.

“Once the pairings are known, the possibility of assigning the best times depending on television audiences and also for fans traveling to Qatar, depending on the ideal stadium, will be assessed,” FIFA said.

Tickets sale

The first tickets with associated preferential services (hospitality tickets, in English) will go on sale at the end of 2020, while the date for the sale of tickets to the general public only has not yet been announced. According to the FIFA pageTicket prices are packaged, sold by game or by team, and are available starting at $950 and $10,750 when a venue package is purchased.

Check out some of the region’s top stories and event news here before the tournament kicks off:

Qatar is prepared for the 2022 World Cup and refutes accusations of abuses of workers’ rights

Driving around Qatar, it seems like a new desert football stadium is rising around every corner, each offering a futuristic take on its traditional culture.

Yet each of them has been built with the help of an army of workers from abroad, many of whom hail from South Asia and parts of Africa. And the small Gulf country has gone on a media offensive after several reports alleging appalling mistreatment and abuse.

Erling Haaland and Norway players protested against Qatar 2022 1:05

FIFA will study the possibility of a World Cup every 2 years

At the 71st FIFA congress, held this Friday in Switzerland, the news that generated the most interest was that the body that governs world football will study the possibility of organizing the World Cup every two years. FIFA President Gianni Infantino explained why it might be a good idea.

FIFA will study the possibility of a World Cup every 2 years 1:18

They surprise Germany in qualifying for Qatar 2022

North Macedonia did something that no other team could do in almost 20 years in World Cup qualifying matches: defeat Germany. The German team had gone 35 qualifying games without losing prior to their match against their similar Macedonian.

They surprise Germany in qualifying for Qatar 2022 0:39

This is what the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium looks like

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is the latest stadium to open for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Built where the original stood, the new design is described as the “place that tells the story of Qatar”. We bring you the details.

Qatar 2022: This is what the newly opened Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium looks like 2:25

This is the “Diamond in the Desert”, the new stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup

This is the Education City Stadium, the third completed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Dubbed the “Diamond in the Desert,” it was completed in June and is one of eight to be used in the competition.

The VAR in the Conmebol qualifiers

The Council of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) approved in February 2020 the implementation of the Video Assistant Referees or VAR (for its acronym in English) system in qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the organization announced in a statement.

“The costs of tickets, accommodation and VAR referee fees for the 90 matches will be covered by FIFA, while the technology costs will be covered by Conmebol,” the confederation said.

According to Conmebol, the objective is “to detect clear and obvious errors in said matches and thus promote sports justice.”

Qatar seeks to prevent 2022 World Cup attendees from suffering from heat

The organizers of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 want to have everything under control, including the weather. With this system, the Middle Eastern country seeks to ensure that high temperatures will not affect soccer fans.

In this way, Qatar seeks to air-condition its stadiums for the 2022 World Cup 1:33

This is the logo of the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Football fans can now officially get excited about the 2022 World Cup. FIFA has just unveiled the Qatar World Cup emblem, and attention has been paid to detail.

FIFA says the World Cup emblem is meant to embody the vision of “an event that connects and engages the entire world”, while also reflecting the culture in which the sporting event takes place.

The new emblem is white with distinctive brown markings that are both floral and geometric. The shape is supposed to resemble the number eight for the number of stadiums that will host football matches, and the infinity symbol, to signify the “interconnected nature of the event”.

The official emblem of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was projected on various iconic buildings in Qatar and throughout the Arab world and displayed on outdoor digital billboards in more than a dozen renowned public spaces in major cities. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images for the 2022 Supreme Committee)