FIFA confirms to change the startdate of the 2022 Qatar World Cup
The opening of the World Cup 2022 officially changed the date
In keeping with recent World Cups, the 2022 season will begin a day earlier than planned. The opening match of the 2022 World Cup, between host Qatar and Ecuador, will take place on November 20 at the 60,000-seat Al Bayt stadium following the opening ceremony, according to a FIFA announcement made on August 11th. There was only one game that day.
The two teams, FIFA, and a special committee made up of Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, and the heads of the six-member councils—UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, and OFC—discussed the matter before it was decided upon.
The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to start on November 21 with two matches, Senegal vs. the Netherlands and Qatar vs. Ecuador, with Senegal vs. the Netherlands serving as the opening match.
However, the opening game has always involved the home team since the 2006 World Cup. FIFA consequently adjusted to allow Qatar to play first. The start time for the match that day between the US and Wales and England and Iran remained the same.
Because the summer in Qatar is too hot, the 2022 World Cup will be a unique event in history when it is hosted in the winter (ranging from 30 to 42 degrees Celsius). For now all of World Cup
The tournament is extended to 29 days with the new change, still featuring a competition density of four matches per day and matches that are not played simultaneously (except for the last round of the group stage to avoid negativity).
This results from the necessity of shortening the time to lessen the effects of the first-ever World Cup held during the winter. On the other side, the host nation can guarantee the same level of play as above due to the proximity of the grounds (all within a radius of 60 km).
New World Cup 2022 schedule
Nov. 20 Sunday
Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)
Nov. 21 Monday
Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha)
Nov. 22 Tuesday
Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)
FIFA promised to address all concerns raised by this modification. Fans who bought tickets for the two rescheduled games will get an email confirming the validity of their tickets.
Due to the date change, some Ecuadorian World Cup contracts for 2022 may need to be altered. Some Ecuadorian supporters may need to change flights to get to Qatar early. However, many World Cup-related businesses expressed optimism that the disruption will be fixed.
Additionally, host nation Qatar will utilize 15,000 cameras, temperature controls, gate locks, and other measures at 8 stadiums hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The Aspire command and control center, according to AFP, will simultaneously watch every stadium. During the 2022 World Cup, the host nation of Qatar will eliminate all technical stops to keep an eye on the more than 1 million guests who are anticipated from the time they disembark until the time they depart.
For the first World Cup to be held in an Arab nation, Qatar has spent billions of dollars constructing seven brand-new stadiums and renovating an additional eight. The optimal separation between the two farthest points on each of the eight courses is about 70 kilometers. To prevent terrorism, natural disasters, thugs, and water pipe breaks, the central control system of alarms and sensors will establish the norm for international sporting events.
Authorities are concerned about a large number of attendees. More than 3,000 Turkish police officers will bolster local security forces, while a few police officers from each of the 32 competing nations will assist in ensuring the security of their supporters.
When they applied for tickets, fans went through an initial screening process. Names on the prohibited list of con artists and thugs are listed in it.
Facial recognition technology-equipped security cameras will be everywhere in Doha, keeping an eye on the spectators. A drone surveillance system was designed by experts from Qatar University, and according to them, it will provide the most precise estimations of the number of fans on the street.
Engineers will monitor air conditioning issues and traffic congestion at ticket gates at the Aspire Academy. All streets, buses, and subways will be controlled by a command center run by the Ministry of Interior.
As there are up to four games a day and tens of thousands of fans enter and exit between the fields, police will move into the center on game days and play a crucial role. Director of the command center Hamad Al-Mohannadi stated, “Whatever happens, there is a response right away. We shall simply keep an eye on it as long as there is no harm to persons or property. We must report and take immediate action about any incidents involving property damage or human injury.”
“People can flee, and we can secure the perimeter and stop people from entering somewhere else. We have eyes on the ground and can see all 15,000 cameras across eight stadiums, declared Niyas Abdulrahman, the chief IT officer. The display may indicate how many people are in a certain yard at once as well as all the adjacent buses and subways.
Furthermore, FIFA announced that it would use semi-automatic offside detection technology at the world’s biggest tournament. As a result, this system will make use of 12 specialized cameras installed beneath stadium roofs. The data points from each player’s movement will be shown via these cameras. The most precise position of the players on the field is determined by 50 times per second of data analysis.
Al Rihla, the official ball of the 2022 World Cup, has a sensor built into it as well. This tool will help the referees pinpoint the precise moment a player takes a shot or a pass by sending data to the VAR room 500 times per second. Video referees can quickly assess an offside scenario and guide the referee by using these two crucial data sources. This helps to reduce contentious offside situations.