FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 opening ceremony

The Qatar 2022 World Cup It is not news that Qatar is the third member nation ever of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to host the World Cup. But following the co-hosting of the 2002 FIFA World Cup by South Korea and Japan, Qatar 2022 will be the second AFC World Cup ever.

The opening ceremony:

Since the inception of the World Cup 21 editions ago, the hosts have played the opening match to welcome every participant to their country. Qatar, however, will be breaking this tradition come November 21.

This will make them the second hosts to sit out the opening game of the World Cup after their AFC counterparts South Korea and Japan did it 20 years ago in the 2002 World Cup. In that edition, France and Senegal opened the World Cup, before hosts Japan and South Korea faced their opponents a few days later. This will see Senegal – like they did 20 years ago – open the World Cup with Netherlands, before Qatar face Ecuador in the evening of November 21 when the Emir’s planned ceremony will take place.

However, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim wants to put on a big fireworks display before his country – who are making their World Cup debut – faces Ecuador. An afternoon kick-off would reduce the beauty of the display and as such, FIFA have agreed to push Qatar’s game until the evening of the opening day while the other teams in Group A, Senegal and the Netherlands, face off in the planned afternoon kickoff as the opening match of the 22nd World Cup.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will now get under way a day earlier than originally scheduled with the host nation facing Ecuador in the opening match on Sunday, November 20. The opening game of the tournament was due to see Senegal face the Netherlands at 1pm (10am GMT) on Monday November 21, but that fixture will now take place at 7pm (4pm GMT) on the same date. The change is in line with the long-standing tradition of opening matches involving hosts or reigning champions.

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A FIFA statement released on Thursday included: “The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country. The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on 14 November 2022.

Prize Money At The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

There will be plenty of money on the Prize Money At The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. While the focus for most teams will be on lifting the iconic trophy and representing their nations well, there is definitely a tangible benefit for success on the pitch. FIFA haven’t held back when it comes to prize money for World Cups in recent years, and 2022 is no different — with huge sums up for grabs. Here, The Sporting News breaks down the prize money on offer in Qatar and how much each team can win.

Total prize money at the 2022 World Cup

FIFA have allocated $440 million in prize money for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. While a very significant sum, FIFA have a revenue budget of $4.6 billion in 2022, with broadcasting rights set to contribute $2.6 billion alone in income.

How much prize money will the 2022 World Cup winners get?

FIFA confirmed in April 2022 that the Qatar World Cup champions will receive a record $42 million in prize money. Prior to 2006, World Cup-winning teams never pocketed more than $10m, with 1982 champions Italy walking away ‘only’ with an estimated $2.2m for their efforts.

How much money will each team make at the 2022 World Cup?

With so much prize money on offer, every side will walk away from Qatar significantly richer. Simply qualifying for the 2022 World Cup sees each team paid a $1.5 million participation fee. But once at the tournament, sides can make much larger sums by progressing through the knockout stages. FIFA have previously announced that $60 million in total prize money will be up for grabs at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The ABC reported in July that FIFA could further increase the prize money on offer at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with a figure of $100m mentioned. In May, the United States men’s and women’s teams agreed that they would share the combined prize money they each won at the 2022 and 2023 World Cups.

This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said at the time. US Soccer and the USWNT and USMNT players have reset their relationship with these new agreements and are leading us forward to an incredibly exciting new phase of mutual growth and collaboration as we continue our mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States.

When the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Nov. 20 fans can expect a flurry of stats and match footage on social media and FIFA is hoping that includes data and content from a new player app. FIFA said on Friday that all players at the finals will be able to browse their performance data on a purpose-built app developed by the governing body which allows footballers of all 32 teams access to analysis and information.

While such data and metrics are widely available to players with the top clubs and national sides, who employ teams of analysts, the app will ensure squads with fewer resources also have access. The app will make use of input from FIFA’s performance analysts, tracking data and physical performance metrics such as distance covered, sprints and positional heat maps. Players will also be provided with photographs from the matches which they can share on social media along with stats and data.

This player-centric development is based on direct feedback from the players and is another great example of how FIFA is using technology to the best of its potential by improving the football experience for the key actors on the pitch,” said Johannes Holzmueller, FIFA Director of Football Technology & Innovation. Simon Colosimo, FIFPRO Deputy General Secretary, said players had asked for better access to their performance data.

FIFA World Cup Schedule 2022 Kick Off Times Fixtures

FIFA World cup schedule 2022 kickoff times fixtures on the horizon, and every country is accounted for. The group stage matchups are all set and we can begin to project who might be in best position to advance to the knockouts. England will face USA in Group B, Argentina and Lionel Messi will go up against Mexico in Group C, and it’ll be Luis Suarez and Uruguay looking to spoil a potential final World Cup tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo in Group H.

The tournament kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 20 with an opening ceremony and the inaugural match between Qatar and Ecuador. FIFA World Cup Schedule 2022 It will wrap up in less than a month, with the final due to be played on Sunday, Dec. 18. Brazil enter the tournament as the most successful nation in World Cup history with five titles, and they have a manageable group to navigate, while defending champions France are expected to finish top in their group and have a good chance to build up a head of steam into the knockout rounds profusion.

Which teams could surprise? African champions Senegal are one of the stronger teams in Group A, which also features hosts Qatar. Making a first participation in 37 years, Canada landed in Group F, where a likely battle with Morocco and Croatia looms for second place behind Belgium.

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

World Cup 2022 tournament format

The 2022 World Cup will follow along the lines of recent editions, with a 32-team group stage to whittle the field down to 16 teams — only the top two teams from each of the eight groups survive. Those 16 group-stage teams will advance to the single-game knockout stages — Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, final — where the winner moves on and the loser goes home.

Group stage: Nov. 20-Dec. 2
Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
Third-place match: Dec. 17
Final: Dec. 18

When do World Cup matches start in Qatar?

There will be up to four matches daily during the group stage and they will be staggered throughout the day. The only matches that will overlap are the ones played on the final day of the group-stage phase, and that’s purely for competitive integrity. Every time zone in the world will get a chance to watch matches at decent times throughout their day. Here’s a breakdown of how the local kickoff times in Qatar translate across various regions around the world.

World Cup 2022 kickoff times

This will be Ecuador’s fourth FIFA World Cup appearance in its history, with its last appearance coming in 2014. Gustavo Alvaro’s team qualified for the tournament after finishing fourth in the CONMEBOL qualifying tournament. Ecuador will start its World Cup campaign against an Asian team (Qatar) for the first time after beginning its previous three World Cup with matches against European teams 2002 vs Italy (L 2-0), 2006 vs Poland (W 2-0) and 2014 vs Switzerland(L 2-1).

2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar 100 days to go

We are officially 100 days out from the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and it’s going to be here before you know it. A unique edition of the tournament, it will be the last to feature the current format ahead of big changes come 2026. To celebrate 100 days until the tournament starts, here are 100 things you need to know about the FIFA World Cup. 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar 100 things to know with 100 days to go; news, notes, facts for every team

 Let’s start with the basics

The World Cup is the biggest international soccer tournament in the world, and the most watched sporting event in the world.

2. First World Cup in the Middle East

We later discovered that two members of the FIFA Executive Committee had their voting rights suspended following allegations that they would accept money in exchange for votes.

3. First winter World Cup

4. So how hot are expecting the temperatures to get?

The average high in July is 106 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average in November is 84 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in December.

5. Air conditioning in the stadiums

To combat the heat, though it figures to be fairly comfortable during the tournament, the stadiums at the 2022 FIFA World Cup will have air conditioning.

6. The elephant in the room

It would be remiss to talk about the Qatar World Cup and ignore the number of controversies around the event. We’ve seen issues with migrant workers, slavery allegations and deaths. Amnesty International and other rights groups have called for $440 million to compensate migrant workers, matching the prize money of the winning team. Sticking with human rights, promoting same-sex relationships is illegal in Qatar which has caused several boycotts from LGBTQIA supporters. We’ve seen bidding corruption allegations and ex-players such as Philipp Lahm boycott the whole thing. All eyes are going to be in Qatar — for the wrong and right reasons.

7. Do you need a visa to visit Qatar?

For Americans, when traveling on a U.S. tourist passport, the government of Qatar does not require prior visa arrangements. Travelers may obtain a free visa waiver upon arrival, according to the State Department.

9. How long has the World Cup been around for and which team has won it the most?

There have been 21 men’s World Cups, with Qatar being the 22nd World Cup. FIFA has been organizing World Cups since 1930. That’s when Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup and beat Argentina in the final, 4-2. The United States finished third.

You can count the stars on their crest and you’ll see Brazil has five titles (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002). Italy and Germany are right behind with four each.

10. Have the United States ever won a World Cup?

Yes, but only on the women’s side. The United States men’s national team has never won the competition. The United States women’s national team has won four World Cups. The men made the semifinals in 1930 and the quarterfinals in 2002.

11. How do teams qualify for World Cup?

By either hosting the tournament or completing a successful qualifying campaign in their confederation (region).

12. Tournament start date moved back a day

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will officially begin on Nov 20, 2022.

13. The venues

There are eight different venues for the tournament in five different host cities. They are as follows:

Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail (80,000 capacity)
Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor (60,000 capacity)
Stadium 974 in Doha (40,000 capacity)
Al Thumama Stadium in Doha (40,000 capacity)
Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan (45,416 capacity)
Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan (45,350 capacity)
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan (44,740 capacity)
Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah (40,000 capacity)

14. How can I watch some of the best players before the World Cup?

You can catch the best players in world at the highest stage of club soccer on Paramount+, your home for UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. We’re talking Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and so many more.

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15. How can you watch the tournament?

You can stream every single World Cup match live on fuboTV (Try for free). The games will air on Fox and Telemundo.

16. Wall chart!

You can follow along during the tournament or make your pre-tournament predictions here.

17. Which teams qualified from Concacaf?

The teams that qualified from the Concacaf region are the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

18. Which teams qualified from CONMEBOL?

The participants from South America are Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay.

19. Which teams qualified from UEFA?

European teams in the 2022 World Cup are Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Wales.

20. Which teams qualified from Africa?

The African participants are Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

21. Who made it from Asia?

Australia, Iran, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are the teams from the Asian Football Confederation that will participate.

22. Russia banned

23. Thanksgiving football!

While there will be NFL on Thanksgiving, including the Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions at 12:30 p.m. ET live on CBS and Paramount+, there will also be four World Cup matches that day for the very first time. The slate included Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal taking on Ghana, Uruguay facing South Korea, and tournament favorites Brazil facing Serbia.

24. Black Friday football!

There’s been talk of the NFL getting a Black Friday game soon on what is traditionally a big shopping day for American consumers. Similarly to Turkey Day, consumers from all over the world will get their World Cup fix with a quadruple-header of games that ends with England taking on Gregg Berhalter’s United States.

Our James Benge has you covered with his World Cup power rankings with five-time champions Brazil leading the pack.

26. Expert predictions for every game

Benge is back in full World Cup mode, picking every single game at the tournament with a score.

27. The ball

28. The mascot

29. The official song

30. VAR

The system helps them make faster, more accurate decisions when it comes to offside. The new system uses 12 dedicated tracking cameras underneath the roof of the stadium to track the ball and up to 29 data points for players to calculate their exact position. The ball will also have a sensor for measurement.

The safest choice would be Manchester City’s new striker Erling Haaland. His Norwegian side finished third behind Turkey and the Netherlands in their respective group in the UEFA qualifiers.

35. Best odds to win World Cup

According to Caesars Sportsbook, Brazil have the best odds to win the World Cup at +450, while France are second at +550. England are at +700, while Argentina are also at +700.

36. Best odds to win Golden Boot

England’s Harry Kane is the Golden Boot favorite at +800, according to Caesars Sportsbook. France’s Kylian Mbappe is second at +900, with his teammate Karim Benzema at +1000. Both Messi and Ronaldo are at +1400.

37. Who is in Group A?

Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands.

38. Qatar might be better than you think

39. Ecuador are sneaky a good underdog

40. Senegal have what it takes to make history

41. The Netherlands hope to prove they’re back

42. Who is in Group B?

England, Iran, the United States and Wales.

43. The Three Lions are major contenders

This could be one of England’s best teams on paper, and expectations are ultra high after making the Euro 2022 final. They are expecting a deep run, especially after making the semifinals last time around.

44. Iran have more talent at striker than you think

The Iranians might not have much from the midfield back, but don’t discount what they have going forward. They have two established strikers in Mehdi Taremi (Porto) and Sardar Azmoun (Leverkusen), both players Gregg Berhalter would love to have in attack for the U.S.

45. A stepping stone for USMNT

Look, it’s just good to have the U.S. back. But this cup is all about showing progression, trying to do your best, and then they build ahead for the 2026 WorldCup, which will be the most important in this national team’s history.

46. Wales are playing in their first World Cup since 1958

The Welsh, behind Gareth Bale, will be playing in their first World Cup since 1958, and expectations are high. It’s the golden age of Welsh soccer likely coming to a close as Bale is on the other side of 30, but they are more than capable of getting out of this group. The key will be how well Bale and Dan James can produce going forward against defenses in the group that can be rather inconsistent.

47. Who is in Group C?

Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

48. Argentina are definite contenders

There is reason for hope for Argentina after ending their trophy drought last year by winning the Copa America. They went out with the old and in with the new for the most part, building a hungry, young squad around Lionel Messi. They haven’t lost since the 2019 Copa America final, going 33 matches unbeaten.

49. Enjoy the group stage, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi’s are back at the World Cup once again, but it will likely be their fifth straight group stage exit. They just don’t have enough quality and are in a tricky group. Thanks for coming, though.

50. Mexico not all that convincing

El Tri are a mess at the moment. Anything short of the knockout stage is a failure, and in such a tricky group, it wouldn’t be all that surprising either.

51. Poland need more than just Lewandowski

Poland earn your respect because they have one of the world’s best players in Robert Lewandowski, but they don’t offer much else. They have an aging squad that cannot rely so much on these veterans. They should have enough to escape the group though.

52. Who is in Group D?

France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.

53. France can do it again

The reigning champs have everything you would want in a World Cup team, and they also have so much young talent to compliment. After crashing out at Euro, they’ll be hungry and motivated to show why they are the best in the world. With superstar Kylian Mbappe joining arguably the world’s top player in Karim Benzema, it’s easy to see why they could do it again.

54. Australia’s ceiling isn’t very high

Australia deserved to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, but they are far from a convincing team. Unlikely to escape the group stage, they have a mixture of experience and youth but are lacking star players that can make the difference.

55. Denmark will be a fan favorite

The Danes will be ones to watch, especially if Christain Eriksen plays. After going into cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, he’s back on the pitch and playing for Manchester United. He’s the soul of the team’s attacking creativity and

56. Tunisia ready for history?

This will be Tunisia’s sixth World Cup in their history, but they’ve never made it out of the group stage. In another tricky group, a similar fate likely awaits.

57. Who is in Group E?

Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.

58. Pedri could be ready to explode on the international stage

This isn’t close to the Spain of 2010 that won the World Cup, but they have some incredible young pieces with Pedri leading the way. The 19-year-old Barcelona man reminds many of both Xavi and Iniesta, and his quality on the ball is what can lift Spain to a deep run.

59. Costa Rica need more than Keylor Navas

Los Ticos are slow, aging and offer very little other than star goalkeeper Keylor Navas. They shocked the world at the 2014 World Cup, but don’t expect anything similar here. It would be a shock if they escape this group after barely qualifying.

60. Germany will be back strong

61. Japan will get a test before the tournament

Japan have a squad with plenty of talent and depth, and they’ll get to measure themselves on in September when they face the United States in a friendly. But they’ll need to find some chemistry in attack. While they scored four against Ghana in a friendly this year, they failed to score against Tunisia and Brazil before and after, showing that they continue to struggle with attacking production.

62. Who is in Group F?

Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia.

63. Belgium’s best chance ever to win?

They’ve been dark horses since 2010, but if there was ever to be a year, this is it. Semifinalists in 2020, the defense is still past its prime and not all that sharp. But what they have in attack is sensational, even if Eden Hazard isn’t himself.

64. Canada, the best Concacaf has to offer

The Canadians are ahead of schedule, qualifying for this World Cup despite nobody giving them much of a chance. They area fast, they play hard, and they finished qualifying as the top team in Concacaf. Be careful with them.

65. Morocco have enough to make noise

While they probably won’t sniff the knockout stage, a win in the group stage couldn’t be all that surprising. They have a difference maker in Bono that can keep them in games.

66. Croatia ready to repeat deep run?

Four years on from their improbable run to the final, they surely can’t do it again, can they? Their best players are well over 30 years of age now, the defense was never all that sharp, and it isn’t significantly better. They do have some young defenders who will need to step up, but don’t expect them to come close to another final due to the natural decline in players.

67. Who is in Group G?

Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

69. Serbia have the talent

This is a team with so many good players that are looking to show they can gel on the biggest stage. It could be the best Serbia team in years with an incredible technical ability in the middle and strong, sturdy attackers up top. I don’t like the group for them, but it won’t shock me to see them pull surprises and make a little run.

70. Switzerland have one of the best goalkeepers

Switzerland have enjoyed some success over the last decade, though there obviously isn’t a trophy to show for it. A veteran with incredible instincts, he will once again show why few goalkeepers are better on the biggest stage.

71. Cameroon, a staple that have return

Cameroon had made seven of the last eight World Cups before not qualifying in 2018, but now they are back. Though they lack established European stars, like we see with Senegal, the African teams are always dangerous. They play with such heart and love for the sport, knowing they have nothing to lose, and the enjoyment that they portray is infectious. A very challenging group means an early exit may be in store, but expect few to show that they want it more.

72. Who is in Group H?

Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

Six years on from winning Euro 2016, this Portugal team is more than just Cristiano Ronaldo. With Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rafael Leao, Diogo Jota and more, they have as much fire power in attack as you could want. But will they will still roll with 39-year-old Pepe in defense? They need somebody better next to Ruben Dias.

74. Not your father’s Ghana

Ghana may be back at the World Cup after missing in 2018, but don’t expect much. Not only are they in a brutal group, but they lack experience and quality throughout their squad. While Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have very little left in the tank, they are still dangerous. Mix in Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, and this attack has everything needed for a run.

76. South Korea’s Heung-Min Son is a must-watch player

Heung-Min Son of South Korea isn’t just the best Asian player, he is one of the very best players in the entire world. The Tottenham attacker is prolific, charismatic and on his way to becoming a legendary player. As he goes, South Korea will go in Qatar. But with him, they have somebody capable of finishing as the tournament’s top scorer.

77. USMNT returns

This will be the United States men’s national team’s first participation at the tournament since the 2014 edition, having failed to qualify for the 2018 edition. The U.S. finished qualifying in third place with a 7-4-3 record, three points behind both Canada and Mexico.

78. France are the reigning champs

Les Bleus won the 2018 tournament in Russia, defeating Croatia in the final. It was their second ever World Cup title, and they are once again reloaded and viewed as contenders to take home the crown. If they manage to win again, they will be the first back-to-back champs since Brazil in 1962.

79. The opening match is a doozy

Qatar open the tournament on Nov. 20 versus Ecuador, and what a match that will be. Both teams know that in a group with Senegal and the Netherlands, this one is so crucial in the battle of head to head. Expect an open game between two teams with technique and speed.

80. The last World Cup for Messi and Ronaldo?

Argentina’s Messi is now 35, Portugal’s Ronaldo is now 37, and it’s realistic to think that this will be the last World Cup for both. Though it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see them in 2026 due to it being the biggest World Cup ever with expansion to 48 teams, in terms of a competitive standpoint, this will likely be their last in terms of top form.

81. Qatar’s first participation

The Qatar national team will be playing in the tournament for the very first time. They are the reigning AFC Asian Cup winners, they played at the 2019 Copa America and the 2021 Gold Cup (reaching the semifinals), but this is their first ever World Cup, having qualified as hosts.

82. USMNT schedule

The United States men’s national team’s schedule at the tournament is as follows:

The Group of Death is the hardest group, one that could very well see a giant slayed before the knockout stage even begins. Now, there might not be a clear-cut one in this tournament for some, but I think there is one. While Group E with Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan is great, Group H does have Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea and a whole bunch of stars. But I’m going with Group A. You have host Qatar, and they are formidable, but you also have underrated Ecuador, mighty Netherlands and Africa’s best team, Senegal. Every single one of those games are intriguing in the Group, and something tells me it’s going to deliver some shockers.

84. Squad regulations have changed

FIFA approved a 26-man squad, up from the normal 23.

85. Same goes for the number of substitutions

86. How many games are there?

There will be 64 official matches at the tournament.

87. Are the stadiums fairly close to each other?

Conveniently close. The stadiums are within a 35-mile radius from Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The United States is about 849 times bigger than Qatar. The U.S. state of Connecticut is the closest comparison to the size of Qatar, and even then Connecticut is 8% larger than the host nation and with a higher population (1.1 million more people live in Connecticut).

89. Is there a country that has made every World Cup?

Yes. The Brazil national team is the only country to have qualified for every single World Cup.

90. Entering hot

Brazil, Argentina, England, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Serbia and Morocco all finished World Cup qualifying undefeated.

91. Changes ahead of the World Cup

Both Iran and Morocco axed their managers ahead of the World Cup. Iran ended up bringing back Dragan Skoviv four days after firing him while Vahid Halilhodzic is out with Walid Regragui in as Morocco boss.

92. How many teams advance from group stage?

16 teams advance from the group stage to form the round of 16, and from there it is single elimination the rest of the way.

93. What are the group stage tiebreakers?

94. When does the group stage conclude?

On Dec. 2 at the conclusion of Serbia vs. Switzerland and Cameroon vs. Brazil in Group G.

95. When is the final?

96. Can you qualify for the next World Cup if you win it all this year?

No, being the champion does not guarantee you a spot at the next World Cup.

97. Has the United States ever hosted a World Cup?

98. But what about the Women’s World Cup?

There is not a Women’s World Cup in 2022. The next one will be next year in Australia and New Zealand. The United States women’s national team booked their place over the summer by winning the Concacaf W Championship. sources by

FIFA approves 26 Extra Players Squads for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA approves 26-man squads for 2022 World Cup as teams will have three extra players in Qatar. FIFA has announced that World Cup squads will be expanding to 26 players, up from the normal 23. The decision came from the Bureau of the FIFA Council – composed of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the six confederation presidents. This was an expected move after the International Football Association Board allowed five subs to be a permanent addition to the laws of the game earlier this month. The deadline for setting the final 26 players for the World Cup will be on November 13.

How does this impact the United States?

In our most recent roster prediction, I touched on the versatility that the United States has available to them, and in using five subs, Berhalter can change the entire gameplan in one substitute window. Speaking of substitute windows. This year’s World Cup in Qatar will see the standard 23-man squads increasing to 26-man as FIFA have just approved the decision. If the squads are going to be bigger then it needs to be a situation where everybody is able to change on a match day said Southgate. I think everybody has to be available for all the games.

Why have FIFA changed the rules?

The COVID-19 pandemic also played a role in the decision due to its disruptive effects on squads before and during tournaments. World Cup squad submission deadline. All 32 countries competing in the tournament must submit their final squads by October 20 which is 30 days before the first match. A total of five cities, Lusall, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah and Doha will host the event in eight stadiums. The next World Cup in 2026 will see the total teams increase to 48. Since France hosted the tournament in 1998, the World Cup has always featured 32 teams.

Equipment Regulations for FIFA competitions

Following an in-depth review of the 2015 edition of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which considered best practices in football and selected sports industry regulations, whilst also taking into account relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game and other FIFA regulations, the Bureau has decided to apply changes for the 2022 edition.The updated Equipment Regulations are available on In December 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and appointed the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to host the competition in 2023.

2022 FIFA World Cup Predictions Picking Every Game

The biggest tournament in football is in sight. Will France become the first back-to-back champions in 60 years? Can England continue their hot run at tournaments? Or will it all come crashing down against the USMNT as Gregg Berhalter’s side begin a remarkable march to glory?

Playoffs:

The inter-confederation playoffs are low on attacking quality no great surprise when Costa Rica’s obdurate defense got them this far. It does the trick against New Zealand too Keylor Navas making key saves at one end before Joel Campbell scrambles home at the other. Senegal get the World Cup off to a bang turning back the clock by 20 years to their shock win over France to open proceedings in Japan and South Korea.

The only difference this time is that their victory over the Dutch comes as no great surprise setting them on course for top spot in Group A. The Dutch rally to finish second just ahead of an Ecuador side who give them an almighty scare in the second round of group games Moises Caicedo starring for a team who seem destined for big things in 2026. Qatar meanwhile fail to show much sign of a host’s bounce.

England coast to top spot in their opening two games a convincing win over the United States on Black Friday bringing buoyancy to the streets of London. Even a repeat of the underwhelming display against a Home Nation John Stones striking late to save them from defeat to Wales can’t quite quell the national mood in that part of the United Kingdom. It is however a hammer blow to Welsh hopes. In truth it was their inability to break down Iran that costs them as a Christian Pulisic goal in the final round of games takes the USMNT into the last 16. As for Lionel Scaloni’s side solid at the back with options up top they look like champions in waiting.

A group of high drama as France wobble in defeat to Denmark the dark horses who are starting this tournament at a canter but do the business against the two relative minnows. Peru belie that label particularly in their final match as they throw the kitchen sink at the Euro 2020 semifinalists in pursuit of an unlikely escape route from Group D. As is their wont Spain start slowly and allow a hatful of chances to pass them by in their opening draw with Costa Rica. They duly make amends with an impressive victory over Germany who aside from that loss look to be a serious force in this tournament the likes of Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry looking more simpatico with every game. These two always seemed destined to top Group E; Spain will be all the happier for having avoided Belgium in the knockouts.

Here’s the group that lives for the drama. Heading into the final round of games every team is in the mix as the Europeans flatter to deceive. An iconic clash for the not-at-all-overselling-itself Lusail Iconic Stadium as France and Brazil take lumps out of each other across two hours of high quality fare in which Paris Saint-Germain teammates Mbappe and Neymar score in the first half. For a time it looks like Olivier Giroud might have won it for the holders but Marquinhos rises in the 83rd minute to propel the two teams to a tense tactical half hour in which both Hugo Lloris and Alisson make vital interventions. The latter keeps that form going into the shootout denying Antoine Griezmann at the death.

The second semi may lack quite the same quality but the tension is no less absorbing. Raheem Sterling strikes early for the Three Lions who cannot help but sit back and attempt to preserve their lead as they did against Italy in Euro 2020. This time it just barely pays off thanks to heroics from Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire. After 56 years of hurt could it really be coming home?

Third-place playoff pick

As is so often the way at major tournaments the games on the way to the final act prove to be more compelling than the conclusion. With a day’s less rest England look drained from their rearguard action against Germany. sources by

FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualification Brazil vs Argentina Replayed

FIFA 2022 World Cup qualification: FIFA orders abandoned Brazil vs. Argentina match replayed, issues fines. World Cup 2022 draw: Power Rankings features USA on the up after drawing England in group; Brazil in top tier. FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced its decisions on Monday related to the abandoned Brazil vs. Argentina World Cup qualifier from September.

Here’s what FIFA announced:

1. to order the Brazilian Football Association to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 ($539,697) with respect to infringements related to order and security.

2. to order the Argentinian Football Association to pay a fine of CHF 200,000 ($215,878) with respect to its failure to comply with its obligations in relation to order and security, the preparation of and its participation in the match.

3. to order the Brazilian Football Association and the Argentinian Football Association to each pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($53,969) as a result of the abandonment of the match.

4. to suspend the Argentinian players Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero for two (2) matches each for not complying with the FIFA Return to Football International Match Protocol.

At the end of the day, each FA takes a financial hit, but the suspensions will mean very little. Both Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for this November’s 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

We’ve done much the same already and here is a look at the tiers in which we have placed the 29 teams that have so far booked their place in Qatar:

This quintet of teams have arguably put fairly significant daylight between themselves and the rest of the planet in terms of their results over recent years. FIFA’s rankings are rarely an exact measurement of international football not least when so many nations have attempted to game them to improve their seeding at draws but Brazil leading the way going into the draw looked about right. They will also have welcomed a group that one suspects will look far harder on paper than they will make it look in practice.

Palmeiras almost took things to the wire but Chelsea’s season of trophies continued with a 2-1 FIFA Club World Cup victory over South American champs in extra time. Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz found the back of the net to ensure that Chelsea became not only Champions of Europe, but champions of the world.

Chelsea’s patient attack wasn’t able to cut through Palmeiras’ soaked-up pressure in the first half. Thomas Tuchel struggled to get Chelsea to tick in a back three and this match started no differently as the balance between being solid defensively and expansive on the offensive end has been a hard one to strike. But eventually, the Blues would get it going.

Callum Hudson-Odoi had Chelsea’s first real chance but the Palmeiras defense were able to close him down and make things easy for Weverton in net. Mount wasted the chance and sent his shot wide which led to Dudu forcing Edouard Mendy into his first chance of the game.

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