Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is a governing body founded in 1904 which is committed to the growth of football as an international sport and acts as an advocate for integrity and fair play. Organised by FIFA, the FIFA World Cup is a professional football tournament that happens every four years in a host country. It is a much-awaited competition between national teams playing for their love of the game and for fans to cheer on their favourite players.
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After the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, the first cup to be held in Eastern Europe with France as the winner, this year commences the men’s 22nd FIFA World Cup. Whether you’re an avid football fan, sports enthusiast, or just someone who tunes in the quadrennial event—we’ve got you covered on all the details.
When is the World Cup 2022?
The 2022 World Cup started last November 20 and will end on December 18 with a total of 64 games to be played over five rounds: the group stage, 16 rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final. The group stage will play out until December 2, followed by the 16 games from December 3 to 6. Quarterfinals are on December 9 to 10, the semifinals consisting of two matches on December 13 and December 14, and the thrilling final match on the last day, December 18.
Tatler Trivia: Previous World Cups were usually played in June and July but due to the location’s intense summer setting, it is the first time to be played during the months of November and December.
Where is the World Cup 2022?
As many have already known, the host country is decided through a bidding procedure and registration of interested nationals. With a majority of 12 votes, Qatar won the 2022 World Cup host title. The matches will take place within the country’s capital city of Doha and surrounding cities Al Khor, Lusail, Al Wakrah and Al Rayyan. The opening ceremony was at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and the closing ceremony will be at Lusail stadium.
Tatler Trivia: It is also the first time that the World Cup will be played in an Arab country. Qatar meticulously prepared and specifically completed the construction of its stadiums for the games.