Doha, Qatar – The lads’s 2022 FIFA World Cup is quick approaching. Kickoff within the opening match takes place on November 20, virtually 12 years for the reason that day Qatar was awarded internet hosting rights for the match.
The occasion will function 32 groups and entice greater than 1.2 million guests to Qatar, which can turn out to be the primary nation within the Center East to host soccer’s largest match.
Here’s a listing of another firsts at this yr’s World Cup:
In July, soccer’s world governing physique, FIFA, introduced the usage of a semi-automated offside system on the World Cup to assist make quick and correct offside calls.
In response to the governing physique’s guidelines, a participant is in an offside place if “any a part of the top, physique or ft is within the opponents’ half (excluding the midway line) and any a part of the top, physique or ft is nearer to the opponents’ aim line than each the ball and the second-last opponent”.
The expertise makes use of a sensor within the ball and a limb-tracking digicam system to observe the actions of gamers. To assist followers and viewers at house perceive the referee’s resolution, the info will probably be used to challenge 3D photographs on stadium screens.
Groups will probably be allowed 5 substitutions in every sport versus three from the earlier World Cup in Russia in 2018.
The regulation was launched by soccer’s rule-setting physique, the Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board, in 2020 after what it mentioned was “a world evaluation of the continuing influence of COVID-19 on soccer in addition to representations from a number of key stakeholders from throughout the soccer neighborhood”.
If a World Cup sport goes into further time, one extra substitution will probably be allowed.
A number of soccer leagues, together with Spain’s La Liga and Main League Soccer in the US, have carried out the change over the previous two years.
In contrast to earlier tournaments, Qatar 2022 will probably be going down in the course of the months of November and December.
Beforehand, the World Cup had at all times been held in the course of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer time, typically in June and July. The change was made to keep away from excessive temperatures in Qatar, which might attain as much as 50C (122F) throughout that interval.
Throughout the match, temperatures are predicted to vary from 14C to 31C (57F to 88F).
Expanded squad lists
In November, collaborating international locations will title squads containing a most of 26 gamers, three greater than what was allowed on the World Cup in Russia.
In response to FIFA, the change was made because of the “distinctive timing” of the match being held in November and disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Cup preliminary squad listing was additionally expanded from a most 35 gamers to 55.
For the primary time on the males’s World Cup, three ladies have been included among the many 36 referees chosen for Qatar 2022.
France’s Stephanie Frappart, Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita and Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga have all beforehand officiated at a males’s match, together with the UEFA Tremendous Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It’s a robust signal from FIFA and the authorities to have ladies referees in that nation,” Frappart mentioned. “I’m not a feminist spokesperson, but when this may make issues occur …”
Becoming a member of them will probably be three different ladies who will serve among the many 69 assistant referees.
Most ‘compact’ World Cup
With an space of little greater than 11,500sq km (4,440sq miles) and a inhabitants of round 2.9 million, Qatar would be the smallest nation ever to host FIFA’s flagship match.
All eight stadiums are positioned inside a 50km (31-mile) radius of the capital, Doha. Throughout the group levels, most days will function as much as 4 video games.
Whereas Qatar and FIFA say the “compact” nature of the match will permit individuals to look at a number of matches a day, critics argue that an inflow of greater than 1.2 million individuals may result in main congestion on the streets, making it tougher for individuals to maneuver across the nation.
“Having 4 matches in a day is a problem in a metropolis like Doha,” Abdulaziz Ali Al-Mawlawi of the Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy, organiser of the match, mentioned final month. “… In fact, we expect to have congestion on the streets.”
Colleges in Qatar will stay closed in the course of the World Cup whereas workplace working hours have been diminished.