There have been 21 editions of the men’s World Cup since its inception in 1930, but Qatar 2022 should be a tournament like no other.
Ever since it was announced as the home city almost 12 years ago, it was always destined to be the first World Cup.
From the inclement weather to the first games of the tournament, CNN takes a look at the ways this year’s tournament will take on a new dimension.
This will be the first time Qatar’s men’s national team will participate in the World Cup finals, having failed to qualify through conventional means in the past.
FIFA, the sport’s governing body, allows the host nation to take part in the World Cup without going through the qualification process, meaning the small Gulf nation can now test itself against the best by the best of world football.
Qatar is relatively new to the game, having played its first official match in 1970, but the country loves a good game and the national team has steadily improved.
In 2004, The Aspire Academy was established with the hope of discovering and developing all Qataris with sporting talent.
In recent years, that has reaped its own football team. Qatar won the Asian Cup in 2019, winning one of the most memorable matches in the tournament’s history, conceding just one goal in the entire tournament.
Seventy percent of the team that won the cup came through the academy, and that number only increased going into the World Cup.
Coached by Spaniard Felix Sanchez, Qatar will be looking to surprise people and face a relatively friendly group, along with Ecuador, Senegal and The Netherlands.
The World Cup has traditionally been held in May, June or July but Qatar 2022 will break away from that tradition – largely due to demand.
Temperatures in Qatar can reach 40 degrees Celsius during those months, so with this in mind, the competition was moved to a very cold season.
However, winter in Qatar is a limited season and the temperature is still around 30 degrees, but the organizers hope to combat the heat with several methods, such as high-tech cooling systems in the stadiums of sports.
The change in tournament dates has disrupted the biggest national league in the world.
All of Europe’s top teams had to work the winter break into their schedule, which meant a crowded schedule of games before and after the tournament.
One of FIFA’s reasons for awarding Qatar the hosting rights is the ability to take the tournament to a new part of the world.
None of the past 21 World Cups have been held in an Islamic country and this month’s tournament will be an opportunity for the region to celebrate the growing love of the game.
However, there is no doubt that it presents a few problems that the editors had to solve. For many fans, drinking alcohol has, and will continue to be a big part of the experience of such games.
However, in Qatar, it is illegal to be seen drunk in public, which has forced organizers to come up with creative ways around this issue.
As a result, alcohol will only be served in selected fan parks around Doha and there will be separate areas for fans to enjoy themselves before and after matches.
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Another question mark about the tournament is how the country will be able to handle the influx of one million visitors expected, as it is the smallest country to host the World Cup, with a population just under three million.
As a result, there are eight stadiums in and around the capital city of Doha, all within an hour’s drive of each other.
Organizers say travel infrastructure – including buses, metro and trams – will be able to cope with the increased pressure.
Another advantage of the smaller distance between the venues is that fans will be able to see two games on the same day. Traffic should be kind.
Because of its size, Qatar also has to be smart about its accommodation. Two cruise ships, MSC Poesia and MSC World Europa, are docked in Doha to provide support to hotels.
Both cruises will offer a casual cruise experience, but fans will be no more than a 10-minute bus ride into the heart of Doha.
For fans prone to seasickness, organizers have also built three ‘Fan Villages’ to provide accommodation on the outskirts of the city.
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These include a variety of accommodation – including caravans, portacabins and even camping experiences – and are all within easy walking distance.
Also, for those who can afford to spend more, there will be luxury yachts docked in the port of Doha, which can offer accommodation at, let’s face it, a steal.
FIFA has pledged to make Qatar 2022 the first carbon-neutral World Cup, as world football’s governing body continues its commitment to make the game less polluting. environment.
Yes, along with Qatar, it pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by investing in green projects and buying carbon credits – a common method used by businesses to “offset” their carbon footprint.
Qatar, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has said it will keep temperatures low and remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as competition produces by investing in projects that will capture greenhouse gases.
For example, it will be planting the seeds for the world’s largest farm by planting 679,000 shrubs and 16,000 trees.
The plants will be placed in stadiums and other places around the country and should absorb thousands of tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year.
However, critics have accused the organizers of “greenwashing” the event – a term used to call those who try to cover their damage to the environment and climate with green measures that may be false, misleading or exaggerated.
Carbon Market Watch (CMW), a non-profit advocacy group that works on carbon pricing, says Qatar’s figures are grossly underestimated.
Qatar 2022 will also see female referees referee a men’s World Cup match for the first time.
Yamashita Yoshimi, Salima Mukansanga and Stephanie Frappart were all selected among the 36 officers selected for this competition.
They will meet Neuza Back, Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt, who will be visiting the Gulf country as assistants.
Frappart is probably the most recognizable name on the list after she wrote her name in the history books in 2020 by becoming the first woman to take charge of a men’s Champions League game.
But the one who wants to learn from him in Qatar is Rwanda’s Mukansanga, who told CNN that he is happy to accept the challenge of being a manager in a major tournament.
“I was looking at what referees do, just to copy the best things they do, so that one day I will be in this World Cup, ” he said, and added that his family did not expect to see them. his arrival in space.
It has not yet been decided when the women will host their first match in the tournament, but there will be new rules in place.
For the first time, teams will be able to use up to five players and managers can now choose from a squad of 26 players, instead of the usual 23.
Qatar 2022 will start on November 20. You can follow CNN’s coverage of the World Cup here.