The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an association football tournament, contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. It will take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
The tournament will be the last with 32 participating teams, as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Because of Qatar’s intense summer heat and humidity, this World Cup will be held during November and December, being the first tournament not held in May, June, or July and to take place in the northern winter. It will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days The opening match will be between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. The final will be held on 18 December 2022, Qatar’s National Day.
The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has been the source of significant controversy. These include Qatar’s poor treatment of migrant workers, poor human rights record, persecution of LGBT people, among others; leading to allegations of sportswashing. Others have said Qatar’s intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption. Boycotts of the event are planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has twice said that giving Qatar hosting rights was a “mistake”.