The lads’s 2022 FIFA World Cup is quick approaching. Kickoff within the opening match takes place on November 20, virtually 12 years because the day Qatar was awarded internet hosting rights for the event.
The occasion will function 32 groups and entice greater than 1.2 million guests to Qatar, which is able to develop into the primary nation within the Center East to host soccer’s greatest event.
Here’s a checklist of another firsts at this yr’s World Cup:
In July, soccer’s world governing physique, FIFA, introduced using a semi-automated offside system on the World Cup to assist make quick and correct offside calls.
In accordance with the governing physique’s guidelines, a participant is in an offside place if “any a part of the pinnacle, physique or ft is within the opponents’ half (excluding the midway line) and any a part of the pinnacle, physique or ft is nearer to the opponents’ aim line than each the ball and the second-last opponent”.
The know-how makes use of a sensor within the ball and a limb-tracking digital camera system to observe the actions of gamers. To assist followers and viewers at house perceive the referee’s choice, the information might be used to venture 3D pictures on stadium screens.
Groups might 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 stated 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 group”.
If a World Cup sport goes into further time, one further substitution might be allowed.
A number of soccer leagues, together with Spain’s La Liga and Main League Soccer in the US, have applied the change over the previous two years.
In contrast to earlier tournaments, Qatar 2022 might be happening 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 may attain as much as 50C (122F) throughout that interval.
Through the event, temperatures are predicted to vary from 14C to 31C (57F to 88F).
Expanded squad lists
In November, taking part international locations will title squads containing a most of 26 gamers, three greater than what was allowed on the World Cup in Russia.
In accordance with FIFA, the change was made as a result of “distinctive timing” of the event being held in November and disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Cup preliminary squad checklist 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 event, 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 stated. “I’m not a feminist spokesperson, but when this will make issues occur …”
Becoming a member of them might 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 event.
All eight stadiums are positioned inside a 50km (31-mile) radius of the capital, Doha. Through the group phases, most days will function as much as 4 video games.
Whereas Qatar and FIFA say the “compact” nature of the event will permit folks to observe a number of matches a day, critics argue that an inflow of greater than 1.2 million folks may result in main congestion on the streets, making it harder for folks 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 event, stated final month. “… After all, we expect to have congestion on the streets.”
Faculties in Qatar will stay closed in the course of the World Cup whereas workplace working hours have been decreased.