The tournament will be the first to be held in the Arab world and only the second to be held in Asia, after Japan and South Korea jointly hosted the event in 2002. This edition will be the last to feature just 32 teams, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 to feature 48 nations.
Reigning champions France will be among the favourites, although no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, alongside fellow Europeans England, Spain and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina are also likely to feature in the Round of 16, while Senegal could represent Africa’s greatest hopes of winning for the first time.
Ticket sales are now underway for the tournament, and everything you need to know is below.
When is the Fifa World Cup in Qatar?
Due to excessive summer temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup will be the first to be staged in winter rather than summer.
The first match of the tournament will take place on November 21 and the final is scheduled for December 18. The host country, Qatar, will play the opening match.
Which countries will play in Qatar?
As of this writing, 29 of the 32 teams that will compete in Qatar are confirmed. The play-offs will decide the final three places, and Scotland and Wales still have a chance of securing a place.
The following countries have all qualified for Qatar:
24. United States of America
27. South Korea
29. Saudi Arabia
30. Wales or Scotland/Ukraine
31. Peru or Australia/United Arab Emirates
32. Costa Rica or New Zealand
Who are the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar?
The current favorites for the World Cup in Qatar are:
Where will the matches take place in Qatar?
Eight stadiums in five cities will host World Cup matches in Qatar, including the 80,000-seat Iconic Stadium in Lusail, which will host the final. The stadium is located 23 kilometers north of the capital Doha and was officially opened last November. Its design features an elaborate gold and white exterior.
Losail has been turned into a sports center by the Qatari government and also hosts Formula 1 and Moto GP races.
The other seven stadiums have a capacity of 40,000 to 60,000 and are located in Doha, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah.
How much will Qatar World Cup tickets cost?
The Qatar World Cup will be the most expensive yet, with average ticket prices rising 46% since the tournament was held in Russia four years ago.
The most expensive general sale ticket for the final at Losail will be just under £1,200, while the percentage of tickets awarded in the cheapest category four section for all matches has been significantly reduced.
The average ticket for the group stage will cost £126, the round of 16 £141, the quarter-finals £194, the semi-finals £502 and the final £764.
How can I buy Qatar World Cup tickets?
More than 800,000 Qatar World Cup tickets have already been sold during FIFA’s first phase of sales, which closed on March 29. Fans living in Qatar, the United States, England, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates were the biggest ticket buyers.
The second round of ticket sales is due to begin on April 5, following the group stage draw on April 1, and will run as what FIFA calls a “random draw sales period”.
Fans hoping to get tickets should go to FIFA Ticketing Portal and create an account before the opening of this sales period.
A third “last minute” sales period will take place later in the year.
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