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FIFA World Cup 2022 Football Stadiums: A Brief Look

World cup 2022 Football stadiums

From around the globe, expectant football fans are looking forward to the most awaited sports event, FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA World cup 2022 Football stadiums will host some exuberant matches for the fans.

Qatar will host this year’s FIFA World Cup 2022, with kickoffs among 32 teams that will be played across eight stadiums. FIFA World Cup 2022 will start from late- November to mid-December, not scheduled in June or July due to Qatar’s extremely scorching heat in summer.

This time World Cup 2022 Football Stadiums include eight stadiums where FIFA World Cup 2022 is going to be held where fans can enjoy the most anticipated sports of all time and at the same time be amused by the remarkable designs of ultramodernity.

THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

LOCATION: Al Rayyan, Doha

CAPACITY: 45,000

GAMES: Eight matches, including third-place

Al Rayyan’s iconic stadium, The Khalifa International Stadium, is the most historic stadium built-in 1976 among other stadiums, which were only built after the decision of FIFA to host its FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Big anticipated sports events like Asian Games, the Arabian Gulf Cup, and the AFC Asian Cup were hosted in this well-built venue, which was later renovated in 2017.

Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium, is the most historic stadium built-in 1976
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This stadium is located at the center among all the venues, making it the most notable football venue of all.

This stadium is redeveloped to increase its capacity making it 45,000 with necessary appliances like in-built cooling systems to maintain the soaring heat within the stadium.

These innovative cooling technology will help FIFA World cup 2022 be held in comfortable environments, allowing players to compete in totally suitable temperatures.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at The Khalifa International Stadium

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
21st November 16:00 England vs Iran Group B
23rd November 13:00 Germany vs Japan Group E
25th November 19:00 Netherlands vs. Ecuador Group A
27th November 19:00 Croatia vs Canada Group F
29th November 18:00 Ecuador vs Senegal Group A
1st December 22:00 Japan vs Spain Group E
3rd December 18:00 Winner group A vs Runner-up group B Round of 16
17th December 18:00 Loser Match 61 vs Loser match 62 Third-place

8 total matches will be played at The Khalifa International Stadium including 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 and 1 match for third-place as per the Arabia Standard Time.

AL BAYT STADIUM

LOCATION: Al Khor, 35km north of Doha

CAPACITY: 60,000

GAMES: Eight, including the opening match

Al Bayt Stadium is built like the historic tents, bayt al sha’ar, used by the nomadic people of Qatar. This unique design resembles the tent-like structure’s culture and tradition, which helps the stadium maintain the temperature, giving it a mixture of modernity and traditional vibe. The very first game of FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held there, which will play a big hand in more advertisement of the FIFA World Cup 2022. World cup 2022 Football stadiums will host some exuberant matches for the fans.

This stadium is located in Al Khor city, 35 km north of Doha, widely famous for pearl diving and fishing.  This stadium is also the furthest stadium from Doha but only a 35-minute drive.

Al Bayt Stadium
Al Bayt Stadium is built like the historic tents, bayt al sha’ar, used by the nomadic people of Qatar
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The Al Bayt Stadium is the embodiment of modern engineering, preserving the traditional culture of Qatar. This opening venue for FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a magnificent sight for any football fan with a massive capacity for more than 60,000 spectators. Similarly, the upper tier of this massive portable structure withholds 12,000 capacity. It will be gifted to other nations as a sports infrastructure, which will certainly encourage the cultural love of football in other nations. The estimated cost for this unique infrastructure is around $800 million significantly being the main highlighting factor among people for this compelling design. With this on mind this venue will certainly keep up with the hype for a long time.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at Al Bayt Stadium

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
21st November 19:00 Qatar vs Ecuador Group A
23rd November 13:00 Morocco vs Croatia Group F
25th November 22:00 England vs USA Group B
27th November 22:00 Spain vs Germany Group E
29th November 18:00 Netherlands vs Qatar Group A
1st December 18:00 E2 vs Germany Group E
4th December 22:00 Winner group B vs runner-up group A Round of 16
10th December 22:00 Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 Quarter-finals
14th December 22:00 Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 Semi-finals

9 total matches will be played at Al Bayt Stadium including 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 match for quarter-finals and 1 match for semi-finals as per the Arabia Standard Time.

Other Stadiums

LUSAIL STADIUM

LOCATION: Lusail (15km north of Doha)

CAPACITY: 86,000

GAMES: 10(With the final match)

This flagship stadium, located just 15 km north of Doha, is The Lusail Stadium with the largest capacity of all other stadiums with the whopping 86,000 seats, is truly a hype- building site to see this year.

Lusail Stadium
The Lusail Stadium with the largest capacity of all other stadiums with a whopping 86,000 seats
Image Source: Wikipedia

In addition to that, the crucial game of the FIFA World Cup 2022, the final will be kicked-off here. In design’s perspective, this stadium represents the bowls and vessels like structure which historically represents the Arabian culture that holds a recognition to the history of Arab.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at Lusail Stadium

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
22nd November 13:00 Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Group C
24th November 22:00 Brazil vs Serbia Group G
26th November 22:00 Argentina vs Mexico Group C
28th November 22:00 Portugal vs Uruguay Group H
30th November 22:00 Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Group C
2nd December 22:00 Cameroon vs Brazil Group G
6th December 22:00 Winner group H vs runner-up group G Round of 16
9th December 22:00 Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 Quarter-finals
13th December 22:00 Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 Semi-finals
18th December 18:00 Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62 Finals

AHMAD BIN ALI STADIUM

LOCATION: Al Rayyan (20km west of Doha)

CAPACITY: 40,000+

GAMES: 7(up to last 16)

Among the most tourist attraction city of Qatar, Al Rayyan truly holds it name and located at the middle, the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium’s unique design portraits the architecture and handicrafts of Islam.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium’s unique design portraits the architecture and handicrafts of Islam
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This venue is also an important site for the kickoff of FIFA World Cup 2022 with over 40,000 seats, this stadium is just 20 km west of Doha. FIFA World cup 2022 Football stadiums will host some exuberant matches for the fans.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at Ahmad Bin Ali

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
21st November 22:00 USA vs (Wales/Scotland/Ukraine) Group B
23rd November 22:00 Belgium vs Canada Group F
25th November 13:00 (Wales/Scotland/Ukraine) vs Iran Group B
27th November 13:00 Japan vs (Costa Rica / New Zealand) Group E
29th November 22:00 (Wales/Scotland/Ukraine) vs England Group B
1st December 18:00 Croatia vs Belgium Group F
3rd December 22:00 Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D Round of 16

STADIUM 974

LOCATION: Doha

CAPACITY: 40,000+

GAMES: 8(up to last 16)

Stadium 974 previously known as Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is one of the playing sites for FIFA World Cup 2022. As the name suggests, this stadium is built using 974 shipping containers, and in addition to that, this stadium is a remarkable piece of art by Qatar 2022 standards.

Stadium 974
This stadium is built using 974 shipping containers
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Located in Doha, this stadium has a capacity of over 40,000 seats hosting 7 games for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

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After the FIFA World Cup is over ,this stadium is set to be dismantled in pieces for using it in other purposes like waterfront development.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at STADIUM 974

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
22nd November 19:00 Mexico vs Poland Group C
24th November 19:00 Portugal vs Ghana Group H
26th November 19:00 France vs Denmark Group D
28th November 19:00 Brazil vs Switzerland Group G
30th November 22:00 Poland vs Argentina Group C
2nd December 22:00 Serbia vs Switzerland Group G
5th December 22:00 Winner group G vs Runner-up Group H Round of 16

EDUCATION CITY STADIUM

LOCATION: Al Rayyan, (7km west of Doha)

CAPACITY: 40,000+

GAMES: 8(with one quarter-final)

Situated within the Qatari universities just 7 km west of Doha , Education City Stadium is another set-piece venue for FIFA World Cup 2022. This stadium had already hosted the 2021 FIFA club world cup final, making it a high-profile hosting stadium.

Education City Stadium
This stadium had already hosted the 2021 FIFA club world cup final, making it a high-profile hosting stadium.
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In this Education City Stadium, 7 games will be kicked-off and after the FIFA World Cup 2022 is finished , 20000 seats will be removed and donated to other housing and sports events all around the country.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at EDUCATION CITY STADIUM

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
22nd November 16:00 Denmark vs Tunisia Group D
24th November 16:00 Uruguay vs South Korea Group H
26th November 16:00 Poland vs Saudi Arabia Group C
28th November 16:00 South Korea vs Ghana Group H
30th November 18:00 Tunisia vs France Group D
2nd December 18:00 South Korea vs Portugal Group H
6th December 18:00 Winner Group F vs Runner-up Group E Round of 16
9th December 18:00 Winner group 53 vs Runner-up group 54 Quarter-finals

AL THUMAMA STADIUM 

LOCATION: 12km south of Doha

CAPACITY: 40,000+

GAMES: 8(with one quarter-final)

The newly built stadium just 12km south of Doha , Al Thumama Stadium is another marvelous piece of engineering to hold FIFA World Cup 2022. This stadium resembles the historical woven cap, gahfiya that men across the Middle West commonly wear.

Al Thumama Stadium
This stadium resembles the historical woven cap, gahfiya that men across the Middle West commonly wear.
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The total of 8 games will be held at the Al Thumama Stadium with over 40,000 seats for fans to enjoy the marvelous view and the outstanding

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at AL THUMAMA STADIUM

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
21st November 13:00 Senegal vs Netherlands Group A
23rd November 19:00 Spain vs E2 Group E
25th November 16:00 Qatar vs Senegal Group A
27th November 16:00 Belgium vs Morocco Group F
29th November 22:00 Iran vs USA Group B
1st December 18:00 Canada vs Morocco Group F
4th December 18:00 Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C Round of 16
10th December 18:00 Winner group 55 vs Winner match 56 Quarter-finals

AL JANOUB STADIUM

LOCATION: Al Wakrah, Qatar

CAPACITY: 40,000+

GAMES: 8(with one quarter-final)

One of the eight venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022 is the Al Janoub Stadium not to forget one of the profound design resembling the historical fishing, pearl diving and traditional dhow boats.

Al Janoub Stadium
Al Janoub Stadium resembs the historical fishing, pearl diving and traditional dhow boats.
Image Source: Wikipedia

Located at the oldest inhabitated areas of south of Doha, this stadium has more than 40000 seats for the spectators to watch the game. A total of 7 FIFA World Cup games will be played at Al Janoub with one round of 16, and shortly after the FIFA World Cup, the seats will be reduced to 20000. FIFA World cup 2022 Football stadiums will host some exuberant matches for the fans.

ALL FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches at AL JANOUB STADIUM

DATE TIME FIXTURES STAGE
22nd November 22:00 France vs D2 Group D
24th November 13:00 Switzerland vs Cameroon Group G
26th November 13:00 Tunisia vs D2 Group D
28th November 13:00 Cameroon vs Serbia Group G
30th November 18:00 D2 vs Denmark Group D
2nd December 18:00 Ghana vs Uruguay Group H
5th  December 18:00 Winner group E vs Runner-up Group F Round of 16
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