World Cup 2022: what you need to know about preparing teams for Qatar

The World Cup draw determined the pitch, though the invite list for this year’s tournament in Qatar not completed yet. However, even though the teams now know who and when they will play, many questions remain about how events will play out at the first World Cup in winter. Here is a brief description of the greatest sports spectacle in the world.

The tournament will open with four matches on 11 November. 21 (three days before Thanksgiving in the United States), the start of a football-filled 12 days of four games a day. Over the next month, all games will be played in tight circle of eight stadiums in and around the Qatari capital Doha, making it the most compact World Cup in history.

Final – December. 18 is the week before Christmas.

Brazil, France, England and Spain are in the top four bookmakers, followed by another pedigree group: Argentina, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

After all, only eight countries have ever won the World Cup, and seven are back in the game. (Sorry Italy. See you next time. Maybe.)

The Americans again qualified after missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They fell into an intriguing group, which includes England, Iran and Wales, who won a thrilling play-off against Ukraine in June.

The United States has a modern record of hosting world championships against two of its rivals. In 2010, they drew with England in South Africa on their way to victory in the first round group, but lost to Iran in 1998 in a match filled with political intrigue. Wales have only competed in the World Cup once, in 1958; The United States missed it.

They’ll get down to business too: the US will face the winner of the European play-off on November 11th. 21, on the first day of the tournament, and four days later, on Black Friday, we will play against England. Match against Iran on 11 November. 29 will close the group stage.

What’s after that? The group of Americans will be combined with the teams from Group A, which includes Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands, in the 1/8 finals.

They always were until Qatar got it.

Qatar, like other bidders, initially offered to host the tournament during the regular summer window, and rejected any offer it could not be done with refrigeration technology, which did not exist at the time. As The Times wrote on election day in 2010:

Qatar’s bid overcame concerns about heat that could reach 120 degrees in summer. Officials say they will build air-conditioned stadiums, spending $4 billion to upgrade three arenas and build nine new ones in a compact area connected by a subway system.

It took more than four years, but in 2015 FIFA, football’s world governing body, finally concluded that the summer world Cup at 120-degree temperatures, unnecessary problems may arise (for example, the death of fans and players) and agreed reschedule the tournament to the relatively cooler months of November and December.

Oh, the leagues grumbled. A lot of. But they lost.

The transition to winter will disrupt not only the European and international championships, but also the lucrative UEFA Champions League, and it will require seasons to start early or end later, or both.

The Winter World Cup will also leave those professionals who do not travel to Qatar (fewer than 800 players from all over the world are taking part) with a mid-season break that could last up to two months when pre-tournament fees, friendly matches and post-Cup rest are taken into account. . .

Fox Sports, which has paid hundreds of millions of dollars for broadcast rights in the United States, will have to wedge itself into a month of football games around another fall sport that typically demands attention this time of year. Maybe you’ve heard of the NFL?

32 in total. They were divided into eight groups of four by lot, which, in particular, did not include anything that would seem to be the traditional Group of Death. The top two players in each group advance to the 1/8 finals. After that, the World Championship turns into a knockout tournament.

Two spots remain unclaimed and will come from the two Intercontinental Playoffs in June: Costa Rica will play Oceania survivor New Zealand in one game, and fifth-placed South American team Peru will play Asian team, or with Australia. or UAE.

Yes as well as Yes.

Argentina and Messi qualified in November. But Portugal and Ronaldo needed to work hard in the European play-offs after failing a guaranteed path to the group stage final.

Erling Haaland, for one. (Norway did not qualify.) Mohamed Salah. (Egypt lost to Senegal on penalties for the second time in a month.)

Oh and Italy. But then it’s not new to them. The Italians also missed the 2018 tournament. Oops.

Qatar is in the same time zone as Moscow. So whatever strategy you used to get up early (or stay up late) for games in 2018 will work this time as well. But that would mean starting the game as early as 4:00 AM ET and no later than 2:00 PM ET.