Qatar is set to host the next World Cup, with it being the first of the championship game held in an Arab country and the second of World Cup held entirely in Asia. It’s the 22nd running of the Fifa World Cup, the quadrennial tournament begun in 1930, and the first since 2018 in Russia which was won by France for the second time. While the Euros 2021 are currently underway, it’s never too early to think of another football championship game so we’ve got all the information you need to know below.
Where is the 2022 World Cup taking place?
The tournament takes place in the State of Qatar, the smallest country in size (11,600 km2) and population (2.7m) ever to host the World Cup. This will be its first time in an Arab and Muslim-majority country and the second time in Asia after being held 11 times in Europe, three times in North America, five times in South America and once in Africa.
What are England’s chances?
While England may have come up short in their first major men’s final since 1966, losing to Italy on penalties, their charge to the Euro 2020 final has shortened their odds when it comes to next year’s World Cup.
Brazil are currently still many bookies’ favourites, despite their recent Copa America defeat by Argentina, but England are among a chasing pack that includes holders France, Germany and Spain. Italy, the new European champions, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands will all be expected to challenge, qualification permitting.
England already have three wins from three in their qualifying group and resume their quest with a double header against Hungary and Andorra in early September.
Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, says England’s Euro 2020 heartbreak will eat at the team but has called on them to use it as fuel to be successful at the World Cup in Qatar.
“Of course you need to learn from the experience,” he said. “I know it’s disappointing now but we will go away and have a little break, it will eat at you a little bit and you have to use it as fuel to want more, to achieve more and keep pushing each other.
“I’m sure we will we have Qatar coming up in 16 months, we are in good shape, what we have created is really special. I’m really proud of the lads and I’m looking forward to what we can do going forward.”
When does it start?
When Qatar’s won the election held in 2010 to host the World Cup, the bid committee originally claimed that it would be held, like its predecessors, in the summer months in fully air-conditioned stadiums given temperatures on the Arabian peninsular in mid June of 50C. However, that was quickly revised and Fifa swiftly nodded through a request from the hosts to hold it at the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, something that may have affected their bid had it been part of the original proposal.
The World Cup starts with a Group A match featuring the hosts, Qatar, on November 21, 2022. The final (and 64th match) will kick-off in Lusail on Qatar National Day, December 18, 2022
What is the format?
The World Cup grew from 24 teams (1982-1994) to 32 teams in 1998 and this will be the final incarnation of eight groups of four teams with the top two from each going through to a knockout Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, plate match and final. From 2026, when the tournament returns to the United States, it has been expanded to 48 teams. All shall have prizes …