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World Cup 2022 in few lines
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is set to be played in Qatar in 2022. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has 211 member associations represented by their teams. The current World Cup champion team is France.
The 2022 tournament will include 32 teams, but may be increased. FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has said that a change is in the works for the 2026 tournament to include 48 teams, but the increase may come earlier. It may be implemented in 2022.
This World Cup will mark a series of firsts for this organization. The tournament is normally held in the summer months but is scheduled for November – December instead. It is usually held from May to July. It will run for a total of 28 days and wrap up on December 18, 2022 to commemorate Qatar National Day.
This is the first time the World Cup will be held in an Arab country where much of the population is Muslim. It has a shortened time-frame to fit into the cooler winter months. Summer is not a good time for sports where the temperatures are over 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the only appropriate option given the circumstances. These events are scheduled to avoid occurring during Ramadan, a month-long Muslim religious celebration taking place May through June.
Qatar Set to Build Climate Controlled Stadiums
Qatar will build nine stadiums and expand current ones to accommodate the 32 team event in seven host cities. Host cities include Al-Daayen, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Doha and Umm Slal. The environment for the tournament will be climate-controlled air conditioning with zero-carbon emissions. The focus is to build structures that reduce solar heat and are more ecologically responsible. After the World Cup is over, the stadiums will be dismantled and repurposed into 22 new stadiums.