Originally scheduled for the Netherlands, the 2022 World Cup is now set to take place in Qatar. Qatar is a Muslim-majority country that is hosting the event. This will be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. However, it is being played in a shorter period of time than previously planned, with 29 days instead of the originally planned 56 days.
The World Cup is a celebration of soccer. There will be four matches per day during the group stage, followed by two more matches per day in the knockout round. The tournament will end with the final on December 18, which will be held at the Lusail Stadium in Doha. In total, the event will include 64 matches across eight venues.
The draw was made on Thursday. There are eight groups of four teams each. The teams that qualify for the final will be the winners of each of the groups. Runners up in the group stage will qualify for the round of 16. There are also two places available for qualification through play-offs. Defending champions France are off to a strong start, while Japan and South Korea are also in contention.
The United States will be playing in the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The team was not eligible to qualify for the tournament that year, but has returned in the hopes of reaching the knockout rounds. The team is made up of young, energetic players.
There will be an abundance of social awareness campaigns during the tournament. Fans will be able to wear “OneLove” armbands to show support for LGBTQI+ people. Other campaigns will include the use of stadium screens, flags, and rainbow armbands. The ten European captains will also wear “OneLove” armbands.
The final is scheduled to take place on December 18, the National Day of Qatar. Qatar is the first Muslim-majority country to host a World Cup. However, there are a number of issues with Qatar’s human rights practices. Some of these issues include the treatment of women and LGBTQI+ people, as well as discrimination against the migrant workforce.
The 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams. The hosts will be Qatar, along with Argentina, England, France, Portugal, and USA. The USA is hoping to reach the knockout rounds and qualify for the final. There are also six representatives from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in the tournament, along with six representatives from Australia. In addition to the USA, Canada and Japan are also among the teams hoping to reach the final.
One of the most exciting prospects at the World Cup is Cody Gakpo of Uruguay. The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in 24 matches and is rumored to be a target for Liverpool and Manchester United. He is also a member of the 2022 World Cup All-Star Team. He was close to joining Leeds United in the summer, but the deal collapsed on the deadline day.