The Qatar 2022 World Cup starts on November 21 and will last until December 18. It will be the first not to take place during the European summer months.

In June, the usual month of the World Cup, the temperatures in the Arab country fluctuate between 41.2 and 27.7 degrees, while in November they will be between 29.5 and 19.5, less dangerous for the players and the public.

Qatar, as hosts of the World Cup, will participate in a World Cup for the first time and will make their debut against Ecuador on November 21, in the second match of Group A, which also includes Senegal and the Netherlands.

View of Lusail Stadium, the epicenter of the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
View of the Lusail stadium which will host the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. EFE/Alberto Estévez

The Cup will bring together 32 teams who will play 64 matches, spread over eight air-conditioned stadiums and separated from each other by a maximum of 58 km. Only one of them can appear in the world cup champion record.

The grand final will take place on December 18 at Lusail Stadium – about fifteen kilometers north of the capital, Doha -, where the opening ceremony will also take place as the World Cup begins 28 days before.

The climatic conditions, but also the human and labor rights situation at the World Cup site, make the tournament a center of attention beyond sport.

A controversy before the start of the World Cup

The election of Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 has increased the controversy and doubts on how to designate the hosts of the World Cup by FIFA, chosen by secret ballot of the members of the Executive Committee. Controversy grew in the case of the Qatari site as it involved changing the usual months in which the World Cup begins.

Then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter justified Qatar’s election as a debt to the Arab world and assured that he was “crazy” to think that his concession and that of Russia 2018 was a matter of ‘silver.

With accusations of favouritism, political motives, deception and vote buying in the air, FIFA launched an internal investigation into the events and went to court.
In 2014, the agency filed a complaint with the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Bern for the possible irregular behavior of certain individuals in relation to the judging processes of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but closed its internal investigation without sanctions after having concluded that there was no irregularity.

This decision, adopted by Hans-Joachim Eckert, then chairman of the resolution chamber of the FIFA ethics committee, led to the resignation of former US prosecutor Michael J. García, head of the investigative body of the aforementioned commission, which investigated the facts for a year and produced a 350-page report that FIFA has ruled out publishing in full.

Unusual Qatar 2022 schedule affects other competitions

The change in dates due to the weather, which has changed the usual start dates of the World Cup, means organizing the first World Cup before Christmas in history, this will change leagues, calls, holidays and tournaments football qualifiers across the planet.

UEFA President Alexander Ceferin assured in an interview with EFE that “UEFA has done everything possible to mitigate the impact of a winter World Cup on players’ rest and on our competitions”.

Ceferin said all national teams will have “enough time to prepare”. The men’s competitions will complete the group stage before November 3 and the finals will be played in June instead of May.

“It will be an unforgettable World Cup. The host country’s football infrastructure looks very impressive and the fact that it is played in winter will make it unique,” ​​stressed the top UEFA representative.

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