Here is a list of some interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022 that you should check out.
- The inaugural Winter World Cup
Due to the oppressive summer heat in Qatar, it is relocated from its typical timeframe of June to July. The Qatar World Cup will take place from 21 November to 18 December 2022. As a result, it is the inaugural winter World Cup.
- Second Ever in Asia and First in the Arab World.
After the event in South Korea and Japan in 2002, this will be the second World Cup held in Asia and the first World Cup ever to be contested in the Arab world.
- Most Expensive
Regarding the budget of the arrangements, the World Cup in Qatar will be the most expensive in the tournament’s history. The host country reportedly spent an astounding €200 billion to prepare its infrastructure for the event. It entails constructing roadways, hotels, and other structures.
- Female Referees
According to Surprise Sports, three female match referees will oversee the matches of a Men’s World Cup for the first time. The three female match officials are Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda, Stephanie Frappart from France, and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan.
- Increased numbers of Substitutes.
A team can make five substitutions in the first 90 minutes plus additional time. Previously, it was 3. Due to a rule change, coaches can now select players from deeper benches.
- Semi-automated Offside Detection
In this World Cup, FIFA will employ semi-automated offside recognition technology for the first time. The setup comprises 12 specialized cameras with 29 data points to follow the ball and each player individually. Additionally, an IMU sensor will be inserted into the match ball to determine the ball’s precise location. A 3D animation of the offside activity will be generated simultaneously and broadcast on TV and the big display.
- Most accessible
With less than an hour’s drive between each venue, The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the most accessible FIFA World Cup ever.
- Most Spectators
About 28,000 scheduled airline and charter flights will operate out of Qatar airports during the FIFA World Cup. Between November and December 2022, when the mega-sporting event will be held, the nation anticipates receiving at least 3.5 million passengers.
- Last World Cup with 32 teams
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will also be the final one to include 32 teams. Sixteen additional teams, for a total of 48, will compete in the World Cups beginning in 2026.
- Tourism Zones
The organizing committee made a deal with the government so that both the fan fests and the hotels are declared “tourism zones,” which will lessen the socio-cultural shock because religion forbids drinking alcohol, among other things.