In the year Since its inauguration in 1930, 21 men’s World Cups have been held, but Qatar 2022 is set to be a tournament like no other.
It was always intended to be the first World Cup since it was announced as the host city almost 12 years ago.
From the atrocious weather to the start of the race, CNN looks at how this year’s race is shaping up to be a new stage.
This will be the first time that Qatar’s men’s national team has previously failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.
FIFA, the governing body of the sport, allows the host country to participate in the World Cup without having to go through the qualifiers; This means the tiny Gulf nation can test itself against the best in world football.
Qatar is relatively new to the sport, having played its first official game in 1970, but the country has fallen in love with the beautiful game and the national team has improved over time.
In the year In 2004, Aspri Academy was established with the aim of discovering and developing all the talented sportsmen of Qatar.
In recent years this has won awards for the football team. Qatar won the 2019 Asian Cup, completing one of the most memorable runs in the competition’s history, conceding just one goal in the tournament.
70 percent of the team that won the cup came through the academy, and that number only increased going into the World Cup.
Qatar, coached by Spaniard Felix Sánchez, will be looking to surprise and will face Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands in a relatively friendly group.
The World Cup has always been held in May, June or July, but Qatar 2022 will break from that tradition – more than necessary.
Keeping this in mind, the competition has been moved to a cooler period as temperatures in Qatar can reach over 40 degrees Celsius during those months.
However, the winter in Qatar is a relative term and the temperature can still reach 30 degrees, but the organizers hope to deal with the heat with several methods, such as high-tech cooling systems in the stadiums.
The change in match dates has wreaked havoc with the biggest domestic leagues in the world.
All of Europe’s top leagues had to work the winter break into their schedules, which meant busy fixture lists before and after the tournament.
One of the reasons why FIFA awarded Qatar the hosting rights was that it could move the tournament to a new part of the world.
None of the previous 21 World Cups have been held in an Islamic country and this month’s tournament will be an opportunity for the region to celebrate its love for the game.
However, it will undoubtedly raise a few issues that the developers need to address. For many fans, drinking alcohol has and will continue to be a big part of the experience of these tournaments.
But in Qatar, it’s illegal to be drunk in public, forcing organizers to come up with creative ways around the issue.
As a result, alcohol will only be served in designated fan parks around Doha, and there will be separate areas for fans to be cautioned before and after matches.
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Another question mark surrounding the tournament is how the country, with a population of less than three million, is the smallest country to host the World Cup, and how it can handle the expected one million visitors.
Thus, all eight stadiums are located in and around the capital, Doha, and are all within an hour’s drive.
Organizers say travel infrastructure – including buses, metro and car rentals – can handle the increased pressure.
One advantage of the small distance between venues is that fans can see up to two games in one day. Traffic should be kind.
Because of its size, Qatar also had to be smart about its accommodation. Two cruise ships, MSC Poesia and MSC World Europa, are docked in Doha to provide some support to hotels.
Both ships offer the typical cruise ship experience, but fans will travel no further than a 10-minute shuttle bus ride into the heart of Doha.
For fans prone to seasickness, organizers have built three ‘fan villages’ on the outskirts of the city.
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These include a variety of accommodations—including caravans, portacabins, and even camping experiences—and all are within reasonable distance of the sites.
Also, for those who can afford a little more, luxury yachts dock at Doha harbor, which can offer berths at, shall we say, extortionate prices.
FIFA has pledged to make Qatar 2022 the first carbon-neutral World Cup, as world football’s governing body continues its pledge to make the sport more environmentally friendly.
On Qatar’s side, it has pledged to offset carbon emissions by investing in green projects and buying carbon credits — a common practice for businesses to “offset” their carbon footprint.
Qatar is committed to reducing per capita carbon dioxide emissions and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
For example, it will plant 679,000 bushes and 16,000 trees, seeding the world’s largest grass plantation.
The plants are placed in stadiums and other places around the country and are said to remove thousands of tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year.
However, critics have accused the organizers of calling the event “greenwashing” – a term that is false, misleading or exaggerated by green initiatives that try to cover up the damage they do to the environment and climate.
Carbon Market Watch (CMW), a non-profit advocacy group specializing in carbon pricing, said Qatar’s calculations were grossly overestimated.
Qatar 2022 will be the first time that female referees will officiate at a men’s World Cup.
Yamashita Yoshimi, Salima Mukansanga and Stephanie Frappart were named among the 36 officials selected for the competition.
Newza Back, Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt will be joining the Gulf nation as assistants.
In the year Frappart is arguably the most famous name on the list after writing her name in the history books as the first woman to officiate a Men’s Champions League game in 2020.
But it is Rwandan Mukansanga who wants to learn from her in Qatar, and she told CNN that she was thrilled to have accepted the challenge of judging at a major tournament.
“I watch what the referees do, to copy the best they do, so that one day I can participate in the World Cup like this,” she said, adding that her family couldn’t wait to watch. She took him to the field.
It has yet to be decided when the women will referee their first match in the tournament, but there will be new rules in place.
For the first time, teams can use up to five substitutes and managers can now select 26 players instead of 23.
Qatar 2022 It is set to launch on November 20. You can follow CNN’s World Cup coverage here.