FIFA World Cup 2022: guide to the final tournament in Qatar

Basic information about the final stage of the 2022 World Cup.

When and where will the final tournament of the 2022 FIFA World Cup be held

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

The matches of the final stage of the 2022 World Cup will be played at 8 stadiums in 5 cities – in Doha, Ar Rayyan, Lusail, Al Khor and Al Wakra. All arenas were put into operation in 2021. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world.

The 22nd FIFA World Cup will be one of the most expensive in history. According to media reports, more than $200 billion has been spent on his organization.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino

Why was the 2022 FIFA World Cup postponed to autumn and winter?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in winter for the first time. The main reason was the intense summer heat in Qatar. The leadership of FIFA and UEFA considered it impossible to hold matches when the air temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius.

Weather conditions in Qatar

Qatar has a continental tropical climate characterized by intense heat and high temperatures. In summer it can reach over 50 degrees Celsius.

The average temperature in November in Qatar is 25.4 degrees Celsius, in December – 20.8 degrees. December and January are the coldest months in the country.

There are no permanent rivers in Qatar. Water is obtained by sea desalination.

At the same time, in Qatar , all the stadiums of the 2022 World Cup are equipped with retractable roofs and air conditioning .

How to get to Qatar?

Qatar Airways flights fly directly from Moscow to Doha, the capital of Qatar. The cost of a ticket for one person without transfers is about 85-92 thousand rubles.

Cheaper almost twice, you can find options with transfers. For example, for 52 thousand rubles you will fly to Qatar with a transfer in Istanbul.

To travel to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, a Hayya card is required . It is a visa for foreign fans. It opens up the opportunity to visit matches, relax in fan zones and fan fests from November 10 to December 23. Hayya card will also allow you to travel on public transport for free.

You can apply for a Hayya card here . During registration, you must indicate the reservation of housing or accommodation with relatives who permanently reside in Qatar.

Where to buy a ticket for the 2022 World Cup?

You can buy a ticket for the 2022 World Cup matches on the official FIFA website . Remember that for this you need to issue a Hayya card. Tickets for the World Cup games in Qatar went on sale, which will last until the end of the World Cup.

Prices in Qatar for food and transport

Transport in Qatar

During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, public transport will operate free of charge for fans with a Hayya Card.

For more comfortable trips, a taxi is available. You can use mobile applications to order cars: Uber , Careem Qatar, Karwa, Pick Quick and Ryde Qatar. Minimum cost: from $ 3, including the first 5 kilometers (the price may increase for the period of the 2022 World Cup).

Electric scooter rentals are also available in Qatar. Payment is made by card through a mobile application per minute or hourly.

Food in Qatar

The number of cafes and restaurants in Qatar is constantly growing. Here you can find any cuisine, ranging from local to European to Asian.

A budget lunch for two can cost you about $25 (1,600 rubles).

In more expensive establishments, the cost of one dish reaches 50-100 dollars and more.

Can I drink alcohol at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: how much does it cost?

During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, alcohol will be sold in fan zones and fan festivals. Fans will also be able to listen to music in the fan zones.

It is important to know the following alcohol restrictions before traveling to Qatar:

ban on drinking alcohol in public places – violation is punishable by law;

alcohol can only be purchased by persons over 21 years of age in licensed restaurants / pubs and hotels (it is important to have a passport with you);

It is forbidden to bring your own alcohol – luggage is scanned, so you will not be allowed into the city with a bottle of alcohol.

Only non-alcoholic beer will be sold inside the 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar. At the same time, along the perimeter of the arena, fans will be able to buy alcoholic drinks before and after matches.

The chairman of the organizing committee for the preparation of the 2022 World Cup, Nasser Al-Khater, previously announced that sobering-up stations for fans will be installed in Qatar during the competition.

The cost of alcohol in Qatar at the 2022 World Cup

According to The Times, a 0.5 liter beer will be sold at fan fests for £5 (approximately 360 rubles).

In Irish pubs and hotel restaurants, beer is sold from 450 rubles for 0.33 liters and more. Wine – from 1100 rubles per glass, shots – 600 rubles each, cocktails – 700 rubles. In five-star hotels, prices are doubled.

Groups of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: draw and team tables

32 teams will take part in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The draw for the final stage took place on April 1, 2022 at the end of the qualifying tournament .

Qatar has qualified for the 2022 World Cup as the host nation of the tournament. The world championship groups are as follows:

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.

Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea.

Regulations and calendar of matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

32 teams are divided into 8 groups. The two strongest from each go to the playoffs, where, starting from the stage of the 1/8 finals of the tournament, the teams play knockout. The losing teams in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup will play each other in the match for third place.

2022 World Cup calendar

The group stage games of the 2022 World Cup will be held from November 20 to December 2.

1/8 finals – December 3-6.

1/4 finals – December 9-10.

1/2 finals – December 13-14.

Match for 3rd place – December 17 (Khalifa Stadium in Doha).

Final – December 18 (“National Stadium” in Lusail).

The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador will take place on November 20 at the El Bayt Stadium in El Howrah. Beginning at 19.00 Moscow time.

The full schedule of the 2022 World Cup matches can be viewed here .

Where will the broadcasts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches be shown in Qatar

The rights to broadcast the 2022 FIFA World Cup were transferred to Match TV. It will show all 64 matches of the group stage of the world championship and the play-off stage of the competition in Qatar. The games will be broadcast on all thematic channels of the holding.

2022 World Cup playoff schedule (Moscow time) :

December 3 (Saturday). 1/8 finals. 18.00. 1st place in group A – 2nd place in group B

December 3 (Saturday). 1/8 finals. 22.00. 1st place group C – 2nd place group D

December 4 (Sunday). 1/8 finals. 18.00. 1st place group D — 2nd place group C

December 4 (Sunday). 1/8 finals. 22.00. 1st place group B — 2nd place group A

December 5 (Monday). 1/8 finals. 18.00. Group E 1st – Group F 2nd

December 5 (Monday). 1/8 finals. 22.00. 1st place group G — 2nd place group H

December 6 (Tuesday). 1/8 final.18.00. Group F 1st – Group E 2nd

December 6 (Tuesday). 1/8 finals. 22.00. 1st place group H — 2nd place group G

December 9 (Friday). First quarterfinal. 18.00

December 9 (Friday). Second quarterfinal. 22.00

December 10 (Saturday). Third quarterfinal. 18.00

December 10 (Saturday). Fourth quarterfinal. 22.00

December 13 (Tuesday). First semi-final. 22.00

December 14 (Wednesday). Second semi-final. 22.00

December 17 (Saturday). 18.00. Third place match

December 18 (Sunday). 18.00. The final

Prize-winning World Cup 2022 in Qatar

According to FIFA , the prize fund of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million. At the same time, each team will receive 1.5 million for preparing for the World Cup and 9 million for participating in the World Cup group stage.

The winner of the world championship in Qatar will earn a record $42 million.

The rest of the 2022 World Cup prize money is distributed as follows:

2nd place – $30 million;

3rd place – $27 million;

4th place – $25 million;

· 5th-8th places — 17 million for each team;

· 9th-16th places – 13 million for each team.

FIFA has also provided an additional $209 million in compensation to clubs whose players will compete at the World Cup.

According to Totalsportal , the total amount of payments for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be about $1 billion.

More information about payments to teams for participation in the World Cup can be found here .

Why the Russian team will not play at the 2022 World Cup

According to the results of the qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup among European teams, the Russian team took second place in group H. The team of Valery Karpin (22 points) lost the first line to Croatia (23 points).

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