The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just a few days away, and the fans are excited as this is the most prestigious tournament in the sports world. Scheduled once every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the most loved event across the globe.
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is set to take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.
People tend to search for many interesting stuff around the World Cup during this period. So here we are sharing some interesting Qatar World Cup facts that will surely blow your mind.
There are many facts revolving around the World Cup. Out of many, we have selected a few fun facts which will completely blow your mind! Check the interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar shared below:
1. Qatar is the first Arab country, smallest nation, and the second Asian country to Host FIFA World Cup
It is really historic for Qatar, being a non-football playing nation, to host a mega event like FIFA World Cup. With this, Qatar will become the first Arab country and Muslim-dominated country to host the football world cup.
Qatar is also the second Asian country to host the FIFA World Cup. Japan and South Korea were the first Asian countries who co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
2. Qatar Will Be the first host country to have never appeared in the World Cup before
The upcoming FIFA World Cup will be the 22nd edition of the tournament. But it will be the first edition where the host nation has never appeared in the tournament before.
Qatar established its football federation in 1960 and became a member of FIFA in 1963. Since then, the Qatar football team has been attempting to qualify but have failed.
Now that Qatar are host nation, they have automatically qualified for the FIFA World Cup. This will be their first appearance, and their match against Ecuador on opening day will be historic.
3. Qatar expects to break all records for visitors
Qatar is expected to see a huge number of visitors from all over the globe. Qatar is in the Middle East and is very well located geographically.
Qatar is one of the countries which happily welcomes visitors. The country, with a 2.6 million population, is expected to host around 1.5 million visitors during the FIFA World cup 2022.
4. First World Cup were none of the qualifying teams are making their debut
In every single World Cup tournament, there have always been one country who are participating for the first time. However, among the countries that earned their qualification (apart from hosts Qatar), there are no debutants.
To put simply, the 2022 tournament is the first World Cup in which none of the teams that earned a place through qualification were making their debut.
5. Most expensive World Cup ever ($220 Billion+)
Qatar’s win in the bidding process is said to be quite controversial. It is said that Prince is a die-hard football fan and wanted Qatar to host FIFA World Cup.
For that, Qatar managed to get all votes in their favour. First of all, Qatar is not a footballing nation, so the country lacked the infrastructure to host the event.
For FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar constructed stadiums, hotels, roads, and many more. Qatar built seven stadiums from scratch and renovated one existing stadium.
This has added a huge cost to the FIFA World Cup 2022. It is said, and as reported by fifaworldcupmania.com, the upcoming FIFA World Cup will be the most expensive word cup ever. It is estimated that Qatar has spent over $220 billion on infrastructure.
6. First World Cup to feature six Asian countries
Since 1998, four national football teams have from the Asian federation participated in the FIFA World Cup. However, in 2018, five countries competed in the tournament.
Well, in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, six countries from the Asian football federation will take part, namely, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
7. Qatar World Cup will feature female referees for the first time
This is the most historic and highlighting news of the FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA recently announced the list of referees. The list includes three female assistants and three female referees. This move will surely inspire other aspiring female refs across the world.
Stéphanie Frappart from France, Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga, and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita will become the first female referees at a men’s World Cup.