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FIFA World Cup is Back: What You Need to Know

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We are all set for the biggest football tournament on the planet as the FIFA World Cup is back. The host nation Qatar is gearing up for the 22nd World Cup which will open its curtain on 21 November and wrap up with the Final on 18 December.

We already have the 32 countries that will play in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. All the groups are drawn, schedules are set, and the venues are ready to roll. There’s a lot going on about the FIFA World Cup 2022. Here we are on hand to catch you up with the biggest football carnival. You can follow this article to know all the details including groups, venues, FIFA World Cup Live Stream on TV and and so many interesting facts.

World Cup 2022 Groups

All 8 groups have been drawn for the FIFA World Cup. FIFA organized the draw on April 1st this year in Qatar. The top 7 FIFA-ranked teams and the host nation were seeded in Pot 1.

The Netherlands will play in Group A against the host nation Qatar, the AFCON 2021 Champions Senegal, and Ecuador. Group B will feature the USA, England, Wales, and Iran. Lionel Messi’s Argentina will compete in Group C against Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia. We will see France, Denmark, and Australia reuniting in Group D.

Group E will feature the two European heavyweights Spain and Germany. We have the World No. 2 Belgium, 2018 runners-up Croatia and Canada in Group F. Brazil will play rematch against Switzerland and Serbia in Group G. Cristiano Ronaldo will play in Group H where we will see another nail-biter between Uruguay and Ghana.

  • 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 Republic

The World Cup brackets say Groups A, B, C, and D cannot meet with E, F, G, and H before the semi-finals.

Missing something? Yes, the Euro 2020 Champions Italy didn’t make it to the World Cup 2022. Chile and Colombia did not qualify for this one, either.

World Cup 2022 Venues

8 Venues will provide the setting for the World Cup matches in Qatar. The Final will be held in the Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen, Qatar.

Here’s a list of 8 stadiums and their details that will host the World Cup 2022.

1. Al Thumama Stadium

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals

Al Thumama is a 40,000-seat stadium. It will provide the setting for the World Cup opener between Senegal and the Netherlands on 21 November. Al Thumama Stadium resembles the ‘gahfiya’ – the traditional head cap worn by men in the Arab world.

2. Khalifa International Stadium

  • Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar
  • Capacity: 45,416
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16, Third-Place Playoff

Khalifa International Stadium was originally built in 1976. It was renovated in 2017 for hosting the tournament. England and Iran will face off at Khalifa International Stadium on the opening day of the World Cup.

3. Al Bayt Stadium

  • Location: Al Khor, Qatar
  • Capacity: 60,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals

The structure of a huge tent of this stadium resembles “bayt al sha’ar”, the huge tent used by the nomadic peoples in Qatar.

4. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

  • Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was built in 2003 and renovated in 2016 for the FIFA World Cup 2022. USMNT will kick off their World Cup journey against Wales here.

5. Education City Stadium

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarter-Finals

This 40,000 seat stadium is among the world’s most environmentally sustainable stadiums.

6. Stadium 974

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16

This stadium showcases a unique design as it is built with shipping containers. It is the first ever demountable stadium in the history of the World Cup.

7. Al Janoub Stadium

  • Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16

This stunning design of Al Janoub is inspired by sails of traditional Dhow boats. The boats were used by the pearl divers of Qatar.

8. Lusail Stadium

  • Location: Al Daayen, Qatar
  • Capacity: 80,000
  • Matches: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final, Final

It is the biggest and the most significant venue of the tournament. The name of this stadium will down in the history as a World Cup Final host.

World Cup Coverage on TV and Live Stream

Let’s check out how we can watch World Cup football from the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia.

USA

You can watch World Cup football on TV via FOX and FS1 in the United States. FOX Sports have bought the broadcasting rights for the World Cup 2022. FOX will broadcast 35 matches and FS1 will air 29 matches on TV.

To watch the live stream, you can use the FOX Sports app. Fox Sports subscribers can access the live stream for free. The real catch is you don’t need the subscription to be yours to access the FOX Sports app.

UK

BBC and ITV are the official broadcasting partners in the UK. The channels will split the matches between them to air on TV.

For watching the live stream, you can use ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer. It is free for those who have a subscription for the channels on the cable or satellite.

Canada

TSN will broadcast all the World Cup 2022 matches. TSN.ca will provide the live stream for the match.

Australia

The World Cup coverage on TV will be available on SBS in Australia. They will broadcast all the matches for free. You can use Paramount+ to watch the live stream in Australia.

Facts You Must Know

Let’s get up to date with some interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022.

First Ever Winter World Cup

The World Cup 2022 will be held in November to December. It is moved from its usual slot of June-July for the scorching summer heat of Qatar. That makes it the first-ever winter World Cup.

Second Ever in Asia

Qatar World Cup will be the second ever in Asia. The continent hosted their first in 2002 in Korea and Japan.

Most Expensive

Qatar World Cup will be the most expensive event in the history of the tournament in respect of the cost for preparations. According to an estimation, the host nation has spent a jaw-dropping €200bn to prepare the infrastructures for the event. It includes building the stadiums, hotels, highways, and so on.

Female Referees

For the first time in history, 3 female match officials will take charge of the games of a Men’s World Cup. Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, Stephanie Frappart of France, and Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda are the three female match officials.

5 Substitutes

A team will be allowed to make 5 substitutes inside 90 minutes plus added time. It was previously 3.

Semi-automated Offside Detection

FIFA will use semi-automated offside detection tech for the first time in this World Cup. The system consists of 12 dedicated cameras that will track the ball and each individual player from 29 data points. Moreover, an IMU sensor will be placed inside the match ball to detect the exact location of the ball.

As a result, the tech will detect the exact moment when the ball is kicked and compare it with the players’ data. Finally, it will send an offside alert to the video match officials. The alert will be verified and the match referee will call offside. At the same time, a 3D animation footage of the offside action will be created and shown on the big screen and on TV. All these will happen in seconds.

Conclusion

That’s all the details about the FIFA World Cup 2022. Keep in touch with us to get regular updates about the biggest football carnival.

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