The hospitality of the Arabs is no mystery to anyone and Qatar is top in it. A country located in the center of the earth, Qatar offers a variety of attractions that will make tourists jump for joy. But now there is one thing, while the country is a popular tourist destination right now, things are going to get better as Qatar prepares to host football’s biggest competition, the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and with that, the betting on the world cup is going to be on the rise.

64 action-packed matches, millions of fans and teams going head to head for the grand prize, there’s a lot to look forward to at the upcoming world cup in Qatar. So, if you’re a football fan looking to cheer on your favorite team at this grand event, we’ve rounded up some important things and facts you need to know about betting on the upcoming world cup.

When Will the 2022 FIFA World Cup Start And End?

The biggest football carnival in the world,  the 2022 FIFA World Cup  will kick off on 21 November 2022 with the host nation Qatar involved in the tournament opener. This is the first time the world cup has been held in winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Prior to this, the world cup was usually held during the months of June and July in the Southern Hemisphere as this is the time when the region experiences winter.

As Qatar experiences extremely hot temperatures during the summer months, the decision to host the world cup in November and December, thus, was taken to make it easier for the players as well as the visitors who will travel for the world cup.

Speaking of the end of the competition, the FIFA World Cup will end on December 18, 2022, exactly a week before Christmas. So, very excited, right?

What is the Broadcast Timing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

The FIFA 2022 match will be broadcast to the whole world as usual, and here is the kick-off time set by FIFA.

  • 1 pm (1000 GMT)
  • 16:00 (1300 GMT)
  • 19:00 (1600 GMT)
  • 10 pm (1900 GMT)

Talking about the final round of matches including the knockout stages of the tournament, the timing will be different in several ways. Not only that, the game may even be until midnight considering there may be additional time needed to complete the contest. Therefore, here is the time for the final round of the game.

  • 18:00 (1900 GMT)
  • 10 pm (1900 GMT)

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Construction

All sectors and layers of modern society are touched by sustainability, and so is the construction industry—be it buildings, airports, roads, or stadiums. Simply put, sustainability includes three aspects: ecology, economy, and environment. Sustainability is urgently needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. On the other hand, innovation can make something better or more effective. The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup illustrates well how sporting events can be renewed with innovation and sustainability and thus make the event effective at negating the externalities of climate change.

The sustainability peak centered on the construction of stadiums and hotels highlights: i) the use of recycled and locally sourced materials wherever possible; ii) minimization of construction waste; iii) use less water; iv) more energy efficient; and v) green practices in hotels.

Most countries will usually display their stadiums purely as a design idea and not driven by innovative technology. Qatar wants to make sure it is unique so that it will stand out among the other bidding nations. Therefore, Qatar presented their stadium design in a new way as a technology. Organizing an energy efficient tournament was the main consideration behind the preparation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium design. One of the innovative technological aspects that can be mentioned here is the design of the stadium cooling system which is intended to achieve the desired energy efficiency in cooling. This pioneering cooling technology developed by Qatar requires stadiums to be cooled just two hours before matches and reduces energy consumption. Other than that,

The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, made of modular shipping containers, which will be converted into various sports facilities after the FIFA World Cup, highlights another innovative technology used in the construction of the stadium for the first time. One will be astonished to see the innovation in design which reflects Qatari traditions and values ​​as well. For example, the Al Janoub Stadium, located in Al Wakrah, is in the shape of an oyster on which Qatar’s primitive livelihood is based.

To ensure that the stadium is being built sustainably, a certification framework has been adopted under the purview of the Global Sustainability Assessment (GSAS) system. According to FIFA’s mandatory requirements, every Qatar 2022 stadium must achieve a 4-star rating under the GSAS. As proclaimed by Qatar, the four fully completed venues have earned a 4 or 5 star design and building rating from the GSAS. The Education City Stadium which launched virtually in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic has a 5-star GSAS rating, while the Khalifa International Stadium (launched in 2017), Al Janoub Stadium (launched in 2019) and most recently the inaugurated Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium (launched as of December 2020) has a 4 star rating. Al Bayt Stadiumy, venue for the opening match on 21 November 2022, which impressed the FIFA president, has received a 5 -star rating from GSAS. Qatar expects to get a 4-star rating for three other stadiums — Al Thumama, Ras Abu Aboud and Lusail, where the final match will be held on December 18, 2022.

Qatar is committed to hosting the most sustainable sporting event in history by 2022. One aspect of its plans is to host a carbon neutral tournament. As a way to offset its carbon footprint, Qatar has developed a Grass and Tree nursery for replanting across the stadium site and other areas. After the tournament, the Tree & Grass Nursery will be turned into a public park thus ensuring a green tournament legacy. Qatar Airways, the official airline for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is also working with the airline industry to achieve environmental goals.

A sustainable FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 assessment report reveals that the stadium construction has been 30 percent more energy efficient than international standards, uses 40 percent less water than international standards, and green landscaping has played a role in creating a cooling effect. The hospitality industry, which will host teams and visitors, is encouraged to adopt sustainable practices and it is reported that they are already working towards putting sustainability issues into practice. For example, one Doha hotel replaced 75 percent of old light bulbs with energy-efficient fixtures that allowed them to reduce their energy consumption by 9 percent. In another case, the hotel has created an innovative waste management policy that focuses on 100 percent single-use plastic free hotels.

Innovation and sustainability have been at the center of the grand event that is the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The case of Qatar is a new addition to the field of study of how innovation and sustainability can play a critical role in making sporting events environmentally friendly. The case of Qatar may prove useful to strengthen each other’s efforts to address climate factors for other countries, especially ahead of the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Well, here’s the interesting thing about  the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup . The tournament will be played in the lowest number of stadiums with only 8 stadiums lined up for the entire event.

Not only that but out of 8 stadiums, seven of them will be new stadiums with Qatar spending $200 billion USD on infrastructure projects in front of the world.

Take a look at the row of stadiums below.

Stadion Al Bayt-

Stadion Al Bayt

Being one of the venues for the world cup, Al Bayt Stadium will host the tournament’s opening on November 21, 2022. The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 60,000 and its structure has been designed to last.

Stadion Al Rayyan-

Stadium Al Rayyan

Designed with a 360 degree media membrane that will broadcast live matches, news and all other updates,  Al Rayyan Stadium  you can only dream of. It may have the best viewing experience for the visitors coming for FIFA 2022 as the screens on the outside of the stadium will play the match live with all camera angles along with post and pre-match shows.

Education City Stadium-

Education City Stadium

Located amongst the university campuses, Education City Stadium is one of the 8 venues for  the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup . The stadium has been designed in such a way that it sparkles during the day while glowing at night.

As for the tiers, the top tier will be removed after the world cup and the rest with around 25,000 seating capacity will remain for university events.

Khalifa International Stadium-

Khalifa . International Stadium

After hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final and the international friendly match between England and Brazil, the Khalifa International Stadium is now designated as the venue for  the FIFA World Cup .

The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 68,030 set for the World Cup which was increased from the previous capacity of 50,000 following the FIFA protocol on maximum stadium capacity.

Stadion Ikon Lusail-

Stadion Ikon Lusail

Perhaps the most important venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,  Lusail Stadium  is the venue where the world cup final will be held. This is also one of the venues that will host the opening day competition.

The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 86,250 and its design has been inspired by the dhows which have held an important place in  Qatar’s history . What else? The stadium will be used for various cultural and other sporting events after the World Cup.

 

Stadion Al Janoub

The Al Janoub Stadium opened last year with the Amir Cup final and will now host  FIFA World Cup matches . The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40,000 and is located in Al Wakrah.

As for the design, it is again inspired by the traditional Qatari dhow boat which has carried sailors deep into the waters for years and has a special place in Qatar’s history.

Stadium Al Thumama-

Stadium Al Thumama

One of the other venues chosen for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Al  Thumama stadium  is just 12 km from the Doha skyline and the waterfront promenade. The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40,000 which will be reduced to just 20,000 post world cup.

The stadium is inspired by the Gahfiya, a traditional hat worn by men and boys throughout the Middle East. The hat is a symbol of dignity and independence. As for the stadium, it played a huge role in conveying a message of dignity to the world.

Stadion Ras Abu Aboud-

Stadion Ras Abu Aboud

Coming to last place for the world cup, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has been designed with new ideas on sustainability and heritage planning. The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 40,000 and will be completely dismantled and reused after the world cup ends.

Important Facts About 2022 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule

Football fans around the world are busy talking about the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and to add to their excitement, FIFA has finally released the World Cup match schedule. So here’s what you need to know.

  • The group stage of the competition will start on November 21 and end on December 2. There will be four matches played each day at different places and times. The host nation Qatar will be involved in the opening day match of the group stage.
  • Once the group stage is complete, the competition will now move to the round of 16 where there will be two matches played in a day. The round of 16 will start on December 3 and end on December 6. This post, there will be a gap of two days before FIFA 2022 enters the quarter-finals.
  • Moving on to the quarter-finals, the competition will resume on December 9 and end on December 10. There will be two game days played in one day for this stage.
  • After the quarter-finals have been completed, it will be time for the semi-finals but not before the remaining two days after the end of the quarter-finals. The semifinals will start on December 13 and end on December 14, 2022. This will be the stage where we will know who the finalists are, and which two teams will be fighting for third place.
  • The third place determination will be held on December 17 after a two-day break after the semifinals. The two losing semifinalists will face each other for third place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • Finally, after an action packed 63 matches and close finish, the FIFA World Cup has finally reached its final stage, the final. December 18th will be the day the final will be played at the Lusail Stadium. Kick off time set for this final match is 20:30 IST.

Worth Noting Facts About FIFA 2022 About

There are many facts and figures that have emerged about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup which are noteworthy for all the football fans around. So, here are our take on some of the famous ones.

  • FIFA 2022 matches will be played in at least 8 stadiums lined up for the entire competition. In fact, of these stadiums, seven of them are new stadiums and one will be renovated.
  • Hamad International Airport and Qatar Airways will join hands during the world cup to carry around 1300 flights to the country per day for the whole month. Given the country’s location, visitors will easily be able to book flights to Qatar online. In fact, experts believe that the number of visitors may even be higher than expected.
  • The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the first winter world cup to be held in the Northern Hemisphere. Previously, major events such as the world cup were usually held in the southern hemisphere during the months of June and July as these are the times when the region experiences winter.
  • There will be no alcohol served in stadiums during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As an Islamic country, Qatar has strict laws against the import or consumption of alcohol in public places. In fact, if you are caught drinking alcohol on the street, the consequences can be severe. However, due to the world cup, there will be a special place set up as a fan zone where alcohol will be served to fans along with other licensed hotels and restaurants.
  • Qatar’s metro network is expected to carry around one million visitors during the FIFA World Cup.
  • It is officially designated as the most-visited world cup taking into account Qatar’s size and location. In fact, Qatar’s two most remote stadiums, Al Bayt and Al Wakrah are only 90 miles away.
  • All world cup venues will be connected via a metro network which is about 300 km long with 100 stations along the way.

How to Buy World Cup Tickets?

Ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup is something every football fan should look out for. As per the statement made by FIFA, tickets for the hospitality will go live at the end of 2020 itself. This will be especially for those who are eager to reserve their seats for the world cup.

As for the other tickets, FIFA has confirmed that the sale will only take place on the official website and nowhere else. The timeline, categories, phases and all other details will be communicated as well.

Closing Thoughts

Football’s biggest competition, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar promises great excitement and thrills. A country known for its good hospitality, fans will have the best time staying in Qatar during the world cup.

As for the preparations, infrastructure projects are continuing with the country spending around $200 billion USD and Qatar is expected to be ready to host the world cup before the deadline.

FAQs on Qatar 2022 Betting

Preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar are continuing in full force and the country has confirmed the completion of the Education City stadium which is one of the venues for the world cup.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar. This is the first time the world cup will be held during winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been moved from its usual summer slot in June and July to November and December due to the extreme temperatures Qatar has recorded during the summer.

Qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic by FIFA. However, the competition will start on the due date as it is now.