A busy year that will end in style with FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Doha: The football world is set for an eventful 2022, which will be an enthralling year, culminating with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The FIFA events this year will begin with the Best FIFA Football Awards to be held on January 17.

FIFA.com presents an overview of all the main dates and events.

The Best FIFA Football Awards
January 17
In mid-January, the biggest stars from the beautiful game will come together for the sixth time for this glittering award ceremony. The list of the nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s and The Best FIFA Men’s awards will be announced live on FIFA.com on January 7.

The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021
February 3 – 12
The opening match on February 3 will see the host nation representatives Al Jazira Club take on OFC CAS Pirae of Tahiti. In the second round, Match 2 will see the winner of the CAF Champions League Al Ahly SC face the winner of the Concacaf Champions League CF Monterrey, and in Match 3 the AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal SFC will face the winner of the opening game.

The winners of Al Ahly-Monterrey will move on to play Copa Libertadores champions SE Palmeiras (Brazil) in one semi-final, while Al Hilal or the winner of Al Jazira-Auckland City will take on UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC (England).

Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Early April
The draw for the group stage of the tournament is set to take place in April in Doha.

At that stage, not all of the 32 participants will be known, as the intercontinental play-offs will only take place in June, having been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
November 21- December 18
Will France be able to defend their title or will we have a new world champion in 2022? 32 teams will be fighting it out to hoist the FIFA World Cup trophy aloft!

The opening match will kick off on November 21, and the tournament in Qatar will feature the best footballing talent from around the world. It is set to be a unique event, giving fans the opportunity to discover the culture of Qatar. Moreover, during the group stage, the proximity of the venues will make it possible to attend more than one match in a day.

“We will enjoy being all together in one place,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“Fans will be treated to top-class football in eight state-of-the art stadiums. We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring people from different backgrounds together. What I see here is a country that is preparing to welcome the whole world, and every fan, but also looking into where improvements are needed and taking real steps to do so in many different areas, particularly in relation to human rights and workers’ welfare.”

Other events:
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022
August 10 – 28

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022
October 11-30

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