The next FIFA World Cup is going to held in 2022. Out of Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States, Qatar won the bid to host the illustrious mega-event tournament, surprising people all over the world. Here’s what you can expect from this Arab state.
The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups began as early as 2009 with the FIFA Executive Committee convening to vote for the host selection. Qatar won the bid eventually for 2022, making it the smallest nation by area to ever be awarded a FIFA World Cup.
The FIFA president Gianni Infantino supported a proposition to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams to make the World Cup “more inclusive”. However, after thorough consultation, the World’s governing body concluded that it wasn’t feasible due to the advanced stage of preparations already made.
At least 26,000 people are directly involved in the construction of the proposed stadiums. Qatar has spent recent years constructing some of the most eco-friendly and architecturally advanced facilities ever seen with advanced open-air cooling technology.
Due to the concerns about the climate in Qatar, the FIFA task force proposed to have the tournament from November to December to avoid the summer heat. Despite doubts as to how it would affect regular schedules for domestic leagues, FIFA sources confirmed the final of the tournament would be played on 18th December making it the first FIFA World Cup to be played during this period.
Thousands of spectators witnessed the unveiling of the official emblem which has since been shared on social media by world’s famous footballers and World Cup legends. The design of the emblem takes inspiration from a woolen shawl, which symbolizes the winter period it is set in. It also represents the number eight – signifying the eight extraordinary stadiums that will host the matches.