Frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions
Get answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
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When will Qatar host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?
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Following a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee in March 2015, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will take place over 29 days from 20 November to 18 December 2022, with the final being held on Qatar's National Day.

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Where and when will matches take place in 2022?
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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule was published on 15 July 2020, exactly two years after the historic final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia

Fifa match schedule

Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage when hosts Qatar kick off the tournament on Monday 21 November 2022 at 19:00 Qatar time.

The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00.

Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the third-place playoff on 17 December. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000-strong crowd.

  • The final capacities of all FIFA World Cup™ stadiums during the competition will be confirmed closer to the tournament.
  • All times mentioned are local. Qatar time is UTC/ GMT+3 or CET+2.

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What’s special about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule?
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Qatar’s compact nature means fans who travel to the tournament will have the chance to attend more than one match per day – a unique opportunity in the modern history of the competition. Fans will fly into one airport and not have to change their accommodation for the entirety of the tournament.

No internal flights will be required, meaning a cheaper and more environmentally friendly experience for fans – and a refreshing one for players, who will be able to concentrate on training and recuperation rather than travelling long distances.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule provides all teams with optimal rest time between matches. The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day, it promises a full and exciting schedule, so fans can fully immerse themselves in the action. They will never be far from a stadium, fan zone or tourist attraction.

The compact nature of Qatar 2022 will also reduce the tournament’s carbon footprint and help FIFA and Qatar achieve their vision of delivering the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™.

This will be an international football tournament like no other.

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What facts and figures should I know about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?
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1: Maximum number of hours that people will have to spend travelling between venues during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, allowing fans, media, officials and delegates to watch more than one match in a single day while staying in the same accommodation throughout the tournament.

8: Number of stadiums used during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Khalifa International Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ ready venue, was launched in May 2017. Al Janoub Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ host venue to be built from scratch was inaugurated in May 2019. Education City Stadium was launched digitally in June 2020. Main contractor works on all other venues will be completed by 2021.

15-24°C: Average low and high temperatures during November and December in Qatar.

50: Number of different nationalities working for the SC. The organisation has recruited top talent from around the globe to deliver a historic FIFA World Cup™ and its diversity reflects Qatar's commitment to deliver a tournament that bridges cultures, breaks down social barriers and unites the world.

75 kilometres: Maximum travelling distance between host venues (Al Bayt Stadium to Al Janoub Stadium).

1st title: Qatar will compete in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as the reigning champions of Asia after winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in January 2019. Qatar defeated three Russia 2018 qualifiers – Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic and Japan – en route to winning the title in the UAE.

1981: The year Qatar stunned the football world by reaching the final of the FIFA World Youth Championships (now the FIFA U-20 World Cup), defeating Brazil and England on the way.

1992: The year Qatar reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games' football tournament and won its first ever Gulf Cup.

9,520: Number of athletes who participated in 424 events across 39 sports during the 15th Asian Games (XV Asiad) in Doha in 2006, widely regarded as the most successful to-date. In hosting the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar is building on a strong tradition of hosting international sporting events, including tennis, golf, gymnastics and motorsport.

40,000: Seating capacity of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history.

1,500,000: Number of fans expected to visit Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

53,000,000: annual capacity of Doha's Hamad International Airport in 2022.

All figures above are correct as of October 2020.

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Now that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is being held in November and December, will Qatar still deliver its bid promise of cooling technologies?
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Yes. Cooling technology was an important commitment of Qatar's bid, not only for the success of the 2022 tournament, but also as a legacy for Qatar and the region. By building stadiums that incorporate cooling technology, our facilities can be used year round. The same technology can be adopted by other countries with a similar climate.

Qatar's groundbreaking cooling technology was showcased for the first time when Khalifa International Stadium was successfully inaugurated in May 2017. The temperature inside the stadium was just 25C, while the outside temperature was 43C.

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Where will be the best place to stay when in Qatar?
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The unique, compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ means there will be an Olympic Village feel in Qatar. The SC is implementing a range of concepts to ensure fans travelling to Qatar in 2022 have a variety of options. Whether that is a 3 or 5-star hotel, a room on a temporarily moored cruise ship or a Bedouin-style tent under the stars, fans will be offered some truly unique accommodation options as well as more conventional ones so there will be something to suit every visitor. The SC bid included a promise of 100,000 rooms and this will be exceeded.

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How can a country as small as Qatar host a FIFA World Cup™?
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The compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is a unique feature of the tournament, and it will have a positive impact on players and fans. Not only will fans be able to watch more than one match in a single day, they will also avoid the long journeys to other matches seen in previous FIFA World Cups™ – where some games were played thousands of miles apart.

Due to massive infrastructure investment currently underway in Qatar, which includes a brand-new metro system, fans will be able to move around the country with ease. Qatar provides a great base from which fans can explore the region, with Hamad International Airport able to handle 8,700 passengers every hour during peak times.

It is the players who will benefit from the compact nature of the 2022 tournament more than anyone else. With their accommodation being permanent for the entire tournament, training pitches only minutes away, and stadiums a short coach journey away, no matter which stadium they find themselves playing in, teams will enjoy ideal game preparation, with more time spent on rest and training and less time spent on travel.

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How much is the SC spending to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?
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The SC is currently working to a budget of around QAR 23 billion (approximately US$6.5bn) on stadiums and training sites over 12 years, which is comparable to recent FIFA World Cup™ tournaments and Olympic Games. It is important to note that the vast majority of national infrastructure development will not be financed by the SC. Road network expansions and the metro system are two examples of projects being delivered as part of Qatar National Vision 2030, and would have been implemented regardless of Qatar's successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

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What can fans expect from the 2022 tournament?
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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be a family-friendly tournament, combining traditional Qatari and Arab hospitality with innovative fan and player experiences to ensure a truly unique experience in 2022.

Qatar is only an eight-hour flight from two thirds of the world's population, meaning it will be one of the most accessible tournaments ever. It is also a base from which, after the tournament, fans can easily explore the rest of the region.

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Will alcohol be available at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?
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Alcohol is not part of Qatari culture, and may not be available everywhere, but it will be available in designated areas. FIFA will work with Q22, as it does with all FIFA World Cup™ host nations, to find a solution that satisfies everyone concerned.

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How many stadiums will be built?
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There will be eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums. Qatar's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™ included 12 stadiums as per FIFA's requirements. As is the case with any FIFA World Cup™, once a country is chosen as host, a review of the bid plans is made to propose the final host cities and stadium projects for approval by FIFA. This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup™ host nations undergo.

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What will happen to Qatar's FIFA World Cup™ stadiums after the tournament?
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As with stadiums in Innsbruck and Basel during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, the SC is building several 'modular' venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will have demountable top tiers. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha will be the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup™ stadium.

Qatar's proposal is to donate demountable grandstand seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure, thereby supporting the creation of a strong legacy of football development.

The SC believes this proposal will ensure that Qatar is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022. We plan to have no so-called 'white elephants'.

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Is Qatar a safe place to visit?
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Qatar is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region and in the top 20 globally. Qatar already hosts more than 90 major sporting events annually and the country's planning with international partners for these events has ensured their successful and safe delivery every time.

Qatar has also formed a National Security Committee to focus on security at the tournament.

The Security Committee has already signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie, the ICSS, the Council of Europe and INTERPOL, and its teams have attended dozens of major sporting events around the world to gain additional hands-on experience.

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When and where will general tickets go on sale?
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For information about the tournament’s general ticketing sales, which will be managed exclusively by FIFA, please check FIFA.com/tickets for further updates.

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When and where will hospitality packages go on sale?
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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Commercial Hospitality Programme offers a unique opportunity to experience spectacular football in a luxurious setting. To purchase hospitality packages now, or to make an enquiry, please go to FIFA.com/hospitality.

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