The 2022 FIFA World Cup is going to be a big deal. It’s the first time the tournament will be hosted by Qatar, one of the smallest countries in Asia. And it’s also the first time that the event will take place in a Middle Eastern country (the others have been held in Europe and South America). But this isn’t just any old World Cup: it will be groundbreaking for other reasons, too. Here are some of those reasons—and what they mean for you as a fan!
Hosted by Qatar
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Qatar, a small country in the Middle East. While it may seem like a strange choice for the biggest sporting event on Earth, Qatar has actually hosted some major events before and is no stranger to hosting large-scale international competitions.
Qatar was awarded the rights to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010 during an election that went against Australia. As part of its bid process, Qatar promised to spend up to $120 billion on infrastructure projects related to stadiums and transportation around those stadiums—an amount that was originally estimated at $30 billion but has since been revised upwards as infrastructure costs have increased over time. Among these facilities are 12 new stadiums (10 of which will be ready by 2020) with capacities ranging from 25,000 seats all the way up to 85,000 seats; three other stadiums are currently under construction and will open sometime after 2020; one existing stadium is being renovated into an 80,000-capacity venue, and one existing venue will be expanded into 80,000-seats upon completion of renovations in 2022.
New technology will be used
In 2022, FIFA will introduce several new technologies that will make the World Cup better than ever. The tournament will be the first time that virtual reality is used to watch live games. Drones will be used to fly over stadiums and deliver information about the game directly to fans’ homes. Artificial intelligence (AI) will track player performance and predict how teams will fare against each other in future matches. And facial recognition technology can be used to identify troublemakers so they don’t get into any more fights at matches!
There will be a new mascot
The 2022 FIFA World Cup mascot will be named “Zayed.” He will be a camel and will be the first mascot to have a name that is not an animal or person. Most mascots are animals, but this one will be named after a living person. This is exciting because it’s very different from most of the other mascots we’ve seen at past tournaments.
It’s the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, a country in the Middle East. It’s the first time that a tournament has been held in this part of the world, and it will mark another historic achievement for soccer as a global sport.
The tournament is also being held during the winter months—which means there are some important differences from previous World Cups. First: no games on Christmas or New Year’s Eve! This could be great news for people who love watching football but hate missing out on holiday celebrations with their friends and family. Second: if you’re planning to go see your team play on these dates, you’ll probably have to make reservations well ahead of time—and even then it may be hard to get tickets unless your team makes it through qualifying matches (more below).
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will feature a number of firsts.
- The 2022 FIFA World Cup will feature a number of firsts for the quadrennial soccer tournament. This includes the first time that the World Cup is held in the Middle East and the first time that it’s hosted by a country with a population under 1 million people. It’s also the first time that Qatar has hosted an international sporting event of this size and scale—this makes them one of only two countries to host that has not yet won any major international competitions (the other being Brazil).
- Offering an alternative view on how Qatar can pull off hosting such an event, critics have argued that they’re not prepared enough to handle such high demands from their guests. But considering how far they’ve come since winning their bid back in 2010 (they were considered outsiders at best), there’s reason to believe they’ll be able to make it work!
With a lot of competition from other sporting events, it will be up to FIFA to make sure that this WorldCup 2022 is the best one yet. By showing fans around the world that they care about their experience, FIFA can make 2022 the best one yet!