What you need to know about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup

upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will be held in Qatar, which was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010, beating the bids of Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

1) The Host Country

The host country for FIFA World Cup in 2022 is Qatar. This year’s finals are being held in Russia, and it will be the 21st edition of what has become one of soccer’s most important events. For reasons that have nothing to do with sports, it’s an event worth paying attention to—and considering attending if your work or personal obligations permit it. Here’s a quick rundown of some key things to know before you book a trip.

2) Qualification Criteria

The qualifiers for FIFA’s world cup will be changing in 2022 with a new format being introduced. Teams will be drawn into eight different groups of five teams, and each team will play a total of seven games. The top two teams from each group qualify automatically, but from then on it gets complicated. Two spots at 2026’s final tournament go to both African and Asian confederations’ best third-placed teams, while a play-off between Oceania’s fourth-best team and aside from either Northern or Southern Europe is played off for an additional spot at football’s showpiece event.

3) Group Stage Draw Rules

The FIFA Council, which is made up of 41 members—one representing each member federation—held its first meeting in 2016. Since then, FIFA has worked on implementing changes based on what it learned from that initial meeting. During an event in Moscow last year, Gianni Infantino said that five new permanent council members would be elected by member federations before July 2017; two of them would also serve as observers during FIFA events like the group stage draw for future World Cups. The election will happen at May's presidential election congress; one slot will be reserved for a woman. There's no word yet on when these elections will take place or how they'll work exactly, but we do know that there are currently 23 people vying for one of those spots.

4) Team Previews

Who is going? Who do we want? Who should we root for?! The 2014 FIFA World Cup has come and gone, and now we’re just a year and a half away from watching some of the world’s best soccer stars compete in Qatar for their share of $400 million dollars. Of course, there are plenty of reasons not to get too excited. For one thing, there was substantial controversy surrounding Qatar’s selection as host of such an important tournament (including allegations that they bribed FIFA members). Then there’s also plenty of talk about how playing soccer during the summer months in Qatar will be nearly impossible due to ridiculous heat levels. But these are all problems for another day.


The FIFA Football World Cup is a glorious event that has been taking place for almost a century. Since its first edition, in 1930, it has evolved and grown into one of the international sport’s biggest events – and it shows no signs of slowing down. Now we’re just under six years away from yet another installment in Russia – but there are many things you might not yet know about world football’s greatest stage. To find out more, read on!



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