The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd FIFA World Cup, an association football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA member associations. It will be held in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022 It is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world and the second to be held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
The tournament has 32 participating teams, the latest to do so as the field will increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. The matches of this event will be held in eight venues in five cities. France, the defending champions, beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, the World Cup is being held in November and December, the first tournament not to be held in May, June or July, and taking place in the northern winter. It is played in less than 29 days. The opening match will be between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The final will be held on 18 December 2022, Qatar National Day.
The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has caused great controversy. These include Qatar’s abusive treatment of migrant workers, poor human rights record, persecution of LGBT people, etc.; Hence, the event is subject to accusations of sports washing. Others say Qatar’s harsh climate and lack of a strong football culture are evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption, which the US Department of Justice has also alleged. A boycott of the event has been planned by several countries, clubs and individual players, and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has repeatedly said that awarding the hosting rights to Qatar was a “mistake”.