The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar kicks off in November but do you know which teams have qualified? What is the name of the mascot? What is the official song? And how about the trophy? Here are the answers to the most asked questions.
Qatar will host the biggest football show on the planet in 2022, where global stars like Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Pogba, Neymar, and Kane are ready to light it up.
The FIFA men’s world cup trophy is up for grabs, four years after France claimed the right to call themselves world champions.
The stakes are as high as ever with established footballing nations like Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, England, Germany, Portugal, Senegal, South Korea, and many more aiming for glory and a new page of football history.
So when and where is it? What are the fixture dates? Who qualified? Where can you find a schedule? Who are the biggest stars to watch?
Read on for the answers to all the big questions on Qatar 2022.
When will the FIFA world cup 2022 take place?
The 2022 football World Cup in Qatar kicks-off on Sunday 20th November 2022 and runs through to Sunday 18th December.
It’s the first men’s FIFA world cup not taking place in the northern hemisphere summer, and is being held at the end of Autumn and start of Winter in the Persian Gulf region.
Where will the World Cup 2022 be held?
The World Cup in 2022 will be held in 8 different stadiums across the middle-eastern nation of Qatar: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Wakrah Sports Complex.
The furthest distance between any two World Cup 2022 stadiums is around 70 kilometres, or 45 miles, meaning that it’s one of the most densely packed tournaments ever.
The Arab state of Qatar has a population of around 3 million people, with over 80% of them living in the nation’s capital Doha.
World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Who qualified for Qatar?
The 32 countries qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are Qatar (Hosts), Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Mexico, the United States, Senegal, Wales, Poland, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, Ghana, Korea Republic, Cameroon, Serbia, Canada, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Ecuador.
World Cup Qatar 2022 groups
The teams have been drawn into eight groups for the first phase of the tournament. There are four teams in each group and the countries will play the other teams in their group once. Winners are awarded with 3 points, there’s 1 point to each team if there match ends level, and losers get no points. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams with most points in each group qualify for the knock-out rounds, beginning with the round of 16.
When and what time is the first game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Hosts Qatar will open the tournament with a Group A match against Ecuador on Sunday 20th November at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT/UTC) in Doha at Al Bayt Stadium.
How to get tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2022?
Fans can get tickets through the Fifa.com website. Around 2.5 million tickets have been sold already for Qatar 2022.
Tickets are in the ‘last minute phase’ of sale. Organisers have restricted entry to Qatar to only allow fans with official tickets to enter the country during the tournament period.
What times will the world cup matches be played in 2022?
The first two rounds of group stage games will kick-off at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 Arabia Standard Time (AST) which is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.
11:00, 14:00, 17:00, and 20:00 CET (the time in central Europe during the tournament)
10:00, 13:00, 16:00, and 19:00 GMT/UTC (Also the time in the UK during the tournament)
05:00, 08:00, 11:00 and 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST or ET) in the USA
And 02:00, 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST or PT) on the west coast of the US and Canada.
The last round of group games and the knockout matches will take place at 18.00 and 22.00 local time:
16:00 and 20:00 CET
15:00 and 19:00 UTC / UK
10:00 and 14:00 ET
07:00 and 11:00 PT
The final, on December 18, is at 18:00 local time. That’s 16:00 in central Europe, 15:00 UTC and in the UK, 10:00 Eastern time and 07:00 Pacific Time in the US.
Who are the stars to watch at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
The biggest names in the men’s game will descend on Qatar for the sport’s showpiece international event.
Two candidates for footballing G.O.A.T., Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will be there for probably their final attempt at winning the big one.
Ronaldo is now 37 and Messi 35, and both have admitted that this is their last dance.
But Olympic champ Messi and Ronaldo will be joined by an all-star cast that includes France’s Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Griezmann – the reigning champs from 2018.
Then there’s Olympic gold medallist Neymar and Brazil who have been in devastating form with a side stacked with superstars like Gabriel Jesus who fired Arsenal top of the Premier League, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo emerging as global superstars at Real Madrid, and Olympic champion Richarlison aiming to become world champion too. And that’s just in attack.
The Selecao Canarinho also boast Thiago Silva and the iconic Olympic champion Dani Alves at the back, along with defensive midfield maestros Casemiro and Fabinho.
Even in goal, Brazil have an impossible choice between Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson.
Then there’s England with captain Harry Kane who will believe they have a strong shout after making the final of Euro 2020 and only losing out on penalties to Italy.
English stars like Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Jude Bellingham, Reece James, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, have England fans dreaming of a first World Cup since 1966.
Outside some of the big favourites there’s Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, South Korea’s Son Heung-Min, Belgian duo Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Japanese wonderkid Kubo Takefusa, Alphonso Davies (Canada), USA soccer hope Christian Pulisic …
The list could go on and on.
World Cup 2022 schedule
Here’s a basic schedule for Qatar 2022:
- 20 November 2022: Opening Ceremony, Group A opener (Qatar v Ecuador)
- 2 December 2022: Final round of group games
- 3-6 December: Round of 16
- 9-10 December: Quarterfinals
- 13-14 December: Semifinals
- 17 December: Third-Place Match
- 18 December: Final
The ‘rest days’ when there are no games during Qatar 2022 are Wednesday 7 December, Thursday 8 December, Sunday 11 December, Monday 12 December, Thursday 15 December, and Friday 16 December.
What is the official World Cup 2022 song?
Going big, there’s an entire playlist for the Qatar World Cup.
The global hit Hayya Hayya (Better Together) by Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha was followed by Arhbo, a song by Puerto Rican multiplatinum award-winning superstar Ozuna and French-Congolese rapper Gims – is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup soundtrack
That upbeat new single joined the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack, and arguably the biggest artist on the album – Grammy award-winning American rapper Lil Baby – released ‘The World is yours to take‘.
He joined a long list of iconic artists like Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Plácido Domingo, and Shakira in recording a song for the World Cup.
“When I started in music in 2017, I went all in on a dream that brought me to where I am now,” Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, said.
“And that’s what I want fans to feel when they hear the song,”
“I hope it makes you feel like you’re walking out onto the pitch at the World Cup, making moves toward your own dreams, whatever that means to you,” he added.
“I’m by far one of the hardest workers, real firm believer in practice makes perfect,” the song opens.
Qatar 2022 official mascot
La’eeb is the Official Mascot for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
“La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player. He belongs to a parallel mascot-verse that is indescribable – everyone is invited to interpret what it looks like,” according to the FIFA website.
“La’eeb encourages everyone to believe in themselves as ‘Now is All’. He will bring the joy of football to everyone. The adventurous, fun, and curious La’eeb was unveiled during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final Draw.”
What is the trophy for the World Cup 2022?
The coveted gold trophy up for grabs in Qatar is simply called the FIFA World Cup. It has been used since 1974. Prior to that, the Jules Rimet Trophy was used from 1930 to 1970.
Where can I watch the 2022 World Cup?
Here’s a list of the TV broadcasters who organizers FIFA are partnering with and where you can watch the 2022 World Cup tournament games across the globe:
- Tea Sport Live
- Afghanistan ATN
- Albania RTSH
- Argentina TVP – TyC Sports
- Armenia AMPTV
- Australia SBS
- Austria ORF – ServusTV
- Azerbaijan İTV
- Bangladesh T Sports
- Belarus Belteleradio
- Belgium RTBFVRT
- Bolivia Bolivia TV – Red Uno – Unitel
- Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
- Bulgaria BNT – Nova
- Brazil TV Globo
- Brunei Kristal-Astro
- Cambodia TVK
- Canada Bell Media
- Caribbean SportsMax
- Cayman Islands Logic
- Central Asia Saran Media
- China CCTV – Migu
- Colombia Caracol Televisión – RCN Televisión
- Costa Rica Teletica
- Croatia HRT
- Curaçao TV Direct 13
- Cyprus CyBC
- Czech Republic ČTTV Nova
- Denmark DRTV 2
- Ecuador Teleamazonas
- El Salvador TCS
- Estonia ERR
- Europe EBU
- France TF1 – beIN Sports
- Finland Yle – MTV3
- Georgia GPB
- Germany ARD – ZDF – Deutsche Telekom
- Greece ANT1
- Guatemala TV Azteca – Tigo Sports
- Honduras Televicentro
- Hong Kong PCCW
- Hungary MTVA
- Iceland RÚV
- Indian subcontinent Viacom18
- Indonesia Klikdaily – Emtek
- Ireland RTÉ
- Israel IPBC
- Italy RAI
- Japan Dentsu – Abema
- Kazakhstan Kazakh TV
- Kosovo RTK
- Latin America Vrio Corp.
- Latvia LTV
- Liechtenstein SRG SSR
- Lithuania LRT
- Macau TDM
- Malaysia Astro – RTM
- Malta PBS
- MENA beIN Sports
- Mexico TelevisaTV Azteca
- Moldova TRM
- Mongolia Central Television
- Montengero RTCG
- Nepal Media Hub
- Netherlands NOS
- New Zealand Sky
- North Macedonia MRT
- Norway NRKTV 2
- Pakistan ARY Digital Network
- Panama RPC – TVN
- Paraguay SNT – Telefuturo – TreceTyC – SportsTigo Sports
- Peru Latina Televisión
- Philippines TAP DMV
- Poland TVP
- Portugal RTP Sport TV
- Romania TVR
- Russia Match TV – Channel One – VGTRK
- Senegal RTS
- Serbia RTS
- Slovakia RTVS
- Slovenia RTV
- South Africa SABC
- South Korea SBS – KBS – MBC
- Spain RTVE – Mediapro
- Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport – New World TV
- Suriname SCCN – STVS
- Sweden SVT TV4
- Switzerland SRG SSR
- Taiwan ELTA
- Trinidad and Tobago CNC3
- Turkey TRT
- Ukraine Suspilne
- United Kingdom BBC ITV
- United States Fox – Telemundo
- Uruguay ANTEL – Canal 4 – Canal 10 – TeledoceTyC Sports
- Uzbekistan MTRK
- Venezuela Televen
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