With the World Cup 2022 kicking off imminently, this guide will help you stream all the matches from wherever you are.
The quadrennial football cup begins on November 20, with up to four games happening every day for the first stage, and in the first stage each of the 32 teams will be playing three matches. Then we go into the knockout rounds, culminating in a final on December 18.
The World Cup 2022 starts with a bang, as both England and the USA are playing on the second day, against Iran and Wales respectively. They’re both part of Group B, so will go head-to-head before too long.
World Cup tournaments usually begin earlier in the year than November, but host country Qatar has particularly hot summers, making this late-year cup preferable for teams.
Selected Stadiums for Qatar 2022
For Qatar 2022, eight stadiums have been selected as designated venues. Out of the eight stadiums, five have been completed, while three are still under construction. It is projected that all three unfinished stadiums will be ready for use before the tournament commences, in November.
- Lusail Iconic Stadium
With over 80,000-capacity, this stadium is iconic in every sense. It will showcase two noteworthy moments of the tournament – the opening and the final match.
- Al Bayt Stadium
This stadium, located in Al Khor Qatar, has an average seat capacity of just over 60,000 seats. The stadium was completed in 2019 and turned out to be a monumental edifice.
- Al Rayyan Stadium
Constructed in 2003, Al Rayyan is one of Qatar’s oldest stadiums and allows for a capacity of 40,000. Though it is currently under renovation, the finishing touches are expected to be completed in time for the tournament.
- Al Wakrah
Al Wakrah is also under renovations. The stadium promises to be one of the finest stadiums in the world and will hold 40,000 seats.
- Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
This 40,000-capacity stadium in Qatar was specifically built for this tournament. Interestingly, it has been designed with the intent to be pulled down after the World Cup.
- Al Thumama Stadium
The unique architectural design of this stadium makes it stand out from the others. Construction of the stadium recently concluded in 2021. It holds a 40,000-capacity.
- Khalifa International Stadium
This is the oldest stadium on the list of designated stadiums for Qatar 2022. The 40,000-capacity stadium was built in 1976 and has been a popular destination for a host of tournaments in Doha.
- Education City Stadium
This 45,000-capacity stadium is located on the outskirts of Doha. It has been selected as the designated venue for the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022.
What to Expect from Qatar 2022?
There is a lot to look out for, but we’ll focus on the major factors that have the potential to shape the tournament.
- There is to be high usage of technology-inclined innovations – from the buildings’ technology to the even food technology – that will make for an exciting spectacle, even for neutrals.
- Noting the rich and unique culture of the Middle East, it will be interesting to see how the global world adapts to it in the midst of competition.
- As this is the first time the World Cup will be held in November, and during the club season, many are wondering how players will cope with the scheduling; switching from national team to club football almost immediately.
Having assessed what this edition of the World Cup holds so far, it promises to be exciting for the fans and players, alike. Qatar 2022 already has all the makings of a memorable World Cup event that will leave us talking about it for decades to come.