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2022 World Cup Date announced for December 18th
By Andrew Scott Friday, 20 March 2015 04:56
It’s official. FIFA announced Thursday that the 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar December 18th, 2022, a switch from the usual June to July tournament dates. The tournament will last for 28 days, and the change of dates was made to avoid the scorching temperatures of summer in the Middle Eastern country, which can easily reach 47 degrees centigrade or 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
A start date has not been confirmed, but a 28 day schedule would have the tournament starting the weekend of November 19-20.
Many had cried foul when the country got the 2022 World Cup nod after allegations were made about bribes to the selection committee. 2 members of the Executive Committee were singled out by a whistleblower and suspended.
Qatar has denied any part in wrong doing in achieving the World Cup, and has received the blessing from FIFA to keep the achievement for 2022.
The stadiums will be located in and around the cities of Doha, Qatar and Al-Wakrah city, Al Daayen, Al-Khor city, Ash-Shamal, Umm Salal and Al Rayyan.
There is some concern of the number of foreign tourists that will be travelling to Qatar. Many soccer betting fans enjoy a few alcoholic beverages while celebrating their team’s win. Most Muslim countries drinking alcohol is forbidden to its inhabitants, however tourists will be able to drink in hotel bars by showing their passport.
Drinking laws aren’t the only thing that some may find problems with. Homosexuality is illegal in the country. To avoid problem FIFA president addressed the issue, saying, “we are definitely living in a world of freedom and I’m sure when the World Cup will be in Qatar in 2022, there will be no problems.”
“We (FIFA) don’t want any discrimination. What we want to do is open this game to everybody, and to open it to all cultures, and this is what we are doing in 2022.”
Some 2022 World Cup fans may not find accommodations together, which could lead to a lower turnout.
The 2019 World Cup for women and 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was also announced and has been awarded to France.