Because the World Cup qualifiers draw to a detailed, a clearer image of Qatar 2022 is starting to emerge.
It’s the first World Cup to be held within the Arab world and can happen in November and December. Whereas meaning there can be important disruption to the European home leagues – certainly it’s the first time the competitors has been held exterior the summer season months – the winter will enable for cooler temperatures.
Fixtures are but to be introduced, with the draw being held on 1 April. Even then, it is not going to be totally full as two inter-confederation play-offs received’t but have been held, having been pushed again till June 2022 as a result of Covid pandemic.
Predictably, although, Brazil, France, England, Spain and Argentina are among the many favourites to win it, with Gareth Southgate’s aspect having reached the ultimate of Euro 2020 and seeking to go one higher than their semi-final look on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
When is Qatar 2022?
- World Cup draw: 1 April 2022
- Opening match: 11am (GMT) on 21 November 2022
- World Cup closing: 3pm (GMT) on 18 December 2022
In complete, 32 nations will compete, with the primary match set to happen on the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor. Qatar will play an opponent which has not been confirmed but. All video games ought to start within the daytime within the UK, as Qatar is barely three hours forward.
The Premier League has introduced that the ultimate spherical of fixtures within the competitors can be held on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November 2022, which means Gareth Southgate may have only a week to organize his squad for the World Cup.
Ought to England attain the ultimate on Sunday 18 December, their Premier League-based gamers may have simply eight days relaxation earlier than the home marketing campaign begins up once more.
When the Premier League will cease for Qatar 2022
Premier League assertion: “The Premier League 2022-23 season dates have been confirmed.
“The season has been adjusted to accommodate the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022, which is able to happen in the course of the home calendar.
“The Premier League season will begin on 6 August 2022.
“Match spherical 16 would be the final set of matches performed over the weekend of 12-13 November forward of the call-up interval for the match starting on Monday 14 November.
“The League will resume on Boxing Day following the Fifa World Cup Ultimate, which takes place on Sunday 18 December 2022.
“The ultimate match spherical of the marketing campaign can be performed on 28 Could 2023, when all video games will kick off concurrently as common.”
Controversy has surrounded the match because the state received internet hosting rights in 2010, warding off bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.
Fifa has been pressured to reiterate its “dedication to Human Rights” and mentioned that stance was “built-in within the internet hosting necessities of all our future tournaments”.
Qatar has confronted allegations of slavery involving employees developing stadia and Amnesty Worldwide is among the many organisations to have expressed issues over the nation’s labour legal guidelines. Some reforms have been made however they don’t seem to cowl all employees concerned within the preparations for the World Cup.
LGBT+ teams have additionally expressed concern over the remedy of the neighborhood in Qatar, the place homosexuality is punishable by the dying penalty. Most just lately, Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo – the one overtly homosexual footballer at a top-flight membership on the earth – admitted he can be “fearful” of taking part in on the match.
There have additionally been allegations of corruption over Qatar’s preliminary bid to host a World Cup. Disgraced ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter is amongst those that have alleged that Qatar “cheated” the method.
In gentle of these controversies – and different human rights points which have been raised – there was speak of countries boycotting the match. Because it stands, that has not transpired however quite a lot of international locations have launched protests. Norway, for instance, just lately wore t-shirts with the slogan: “Human rights on and off the pitch”.