Al Riffa Station stop
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Fans urged to plan ahead before attending FIFA Club World Cup™ matches

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Fans planning to attend FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ matches are being advised to take the Doha Metro and arrive at least one hour before kick-off.

Qatar will host the 17th edition of the tournament from 4-11 February. The tournament was due to be played in December but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matches will take place at two FIFA World Cup 2022™ stadiums: Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City, with a maximum capacity of 30% at each venue due to COVID-19 precautions.

In order to help fans to plan their journeys, the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has announced a range of key advice – including to arrive early, respect social distancing and be aware of temporary road restrictions in the vicinity of tournament venues.

Abdulaziz Al Mawlawi, the LOC’s Host Country Operations Director, said: “Our main message to fans is to plan ahead before you travel. Check the official channels and social media for any updates in relation to road closures, public transport and COVID-19 protocols.”

Fans will be able to travel to all matches by the Doha Metro, car or taxi. Each stadium will open three hours before kick-off. Parking and taxi areas will be available from three hours before kick-off and the Doha Metro will be running a full service each day.

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Al Mawlawi continued: “We encourage all spectators to arrive at least one hour before kick-off. Be prepared to follow any social distancing measures – wear a mask, show your EHTERAZ app when prompted and don’t get too close to anyone who is not from the same household.

“We are also advising people not to be in a rush to leave the stadium after the match ends. Traffic is likely to be heavy and people may need to wait to board the Doha Metro due to social distancing measures. Metro services will be running much later than usual to help ensure fans have a smooth journey back home.”

Al Mawlawi also advised anyone not attending matches to allow extra time for their journey by road or metro. He also pointed out that temporary road restrictions would be in place around each stadium on match days.

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Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (click here for travel options)

Distance from central Doha: 22km

Doha Metro: Within walking distance of Al Riffa Station (Green Line)

FCWC 2020 matches: Thursday 4 February – Tigres UANL vs Ulsan Hyundai FC (kick-off 17:00)

Sunday 7 February – Match 4 (kick-off 18:00)

Monday 8 February – Match 6 – qualifier vs FC Bayern Munich (kick-off 21:00)

Metro: Later metro services will be organised after Match 6 to allow fans to return home. Please listen for announcements

Parking: Parking will be available a short walk from the stadium. Please be aware temporary local road restrictions will be in place near the stadium and may not be picked up by your in-car navigation. Please refer to our access maps for your best route.

Accessible parking: Accessible parking is available but must be arranged in advance by those that qualify. When you collect your match ticket from QNCC please ask about accessible parking and you will be provided with the necessary permit.

Taxi: Kareem, Karwa and Uber services will be able to access the dedicated taxi area near the stadium.

Storage: Limited storage facilities – click here for details of prohibited items.

Education City

Education City Stadium (click here for travel options)

Distance from central Doha: 13km

Doha Metro: Within walking distance of Education City Station (Green Line)

FCWC 2020 matches: Thursday 4 February – Al Duhail SC vs Al Ahly SC (kick-off 20:30)

Sunday 7 February – Match 5 (kick-off 21:00)

Thursday 11 February – Third-place play-off (kick-off 18:00)

Thursday 11 February – Final (kick-off 21:00)

Metro: Later metro services will be organised to allow fans to return home. Please listen for announcements.

Parking: Parking is available to the south and east of the stadium. Fans travelling to the stadium in their own cars should park in the designated parking lot and then walk to the stadium (approximately 30-40 minutes) until they reach the inspection gates. Also, please be aware, temporary local road restrictions will be in place near the stadium and may not be picked up by your in-car navigation.  Please refer to our access maps for your best route.

Accessible parking: Accessible parking is available but must be arranged in advance by those that qualify. When you collect your match ticket from QNCC please ask about accessible parking and you will be provided with the necessary permit.

Taxi: Kareem, Karwa and Uber services able to access dedicated taxi area near the stadium.

Storage: Limited storage facilities – click here for details of prohibited items.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Travel advice for those not attending matches

Doha Metro and local roads are expected to be busier than usual immediately before and after each match, while temporary road restrictions will also be in place near each stadium. It is recommended you avoid travelling at the busiest times.

Roads: Expected to be busier than usual around each stadium for about two hours before and two hours after each match.

Metro: Green Line is expected to be busier than usual at the following times.

Thursday 4 February

  • Services toward Al Riffa station from 14:00 to 16:00 and services from Al Riffa station after 19:00.
  • Services towards Education City station from 17:30 to 19:30 and services from Education City station after 22:30.

EC Stadium

Sunday 7 February

  • Services towards Al Riffa station from 15:00 to 17:00 and services from Al Riffa station after 20:00.
  • Services towards Education City station from 18:00 to 20:00 and services from Education City station after 23:00.

Monday 8 February

  • Services towards Al Riffa station from 18:00 to 20:00 and services from Al Riffa station after 23:00.

Thursday 11 February

Services towards Education City station from approximately 15:00 and services from Education City station after 23:00.