When does the competition take place?
Usually an event that takes place during the summer, the 22nd edition starts on November 21st due to the extreme heat in Qatar. The final is scheduled for December 18, Qatar National Day.
There were 5 candidate countries to host the 2022 World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States.
Qatar was officially named the host country on December 2, 2010. The small oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar, with an estimated population of about 2.8 million, will be the first country in the Middle East to host a major sporting event.
Which teams qualify?
A total of 32 teams are participating in the competition, including Qatar, which automatically qualified as the host country.
29 countries have already qualified. They are Qatar (host country), Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, Portugal , Poland, from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, USA and Mexico.
In June, 2 intercontinental play-off matches and a UEFA zone play-off match will be organized to find out the names of the three other countries that will complete the list. The Asian representative will face the South American representative and the CONCACAF representative will face the Oceanian representative. The last ticket to Qatar will be split between Scotland, Ukraine and Wales.
Russia was excluded from the playoffs for qualifying after the invasion of Ukraine.
The draw for the various pools is scheduled for Friday, April 1st.
Who will represent Africa?
5 seats are reserved for Africa for the World Cup.
Cameroon will be at its 8th participation, a record for an African country. Morocco and Tunisia will also be in contention for their sixth participation each.
Ghana will experience a fourth participation and finally Senegal, which is going to its third World Cup.
No African team has yet been able to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup tournament since Egypt’s first participation in 1934 in the Kingdom of Italy at that time.
What is the official match ball for the World Cup 2022?
The official match ball was unveiled on Wednesday – and it ‘travels faster through the air than any other World Cup ball’ in history, according to Adidas, which has produced 14 consecutive balls for the tournament.
Called “Al Rihla”, which translates to “journey” in Arabic, this ball must offer “the highest level of precision”.
“The game is getting faster and faster, and as it gets faster, precision and stability in flight becomes paramount,” said design director Franziska Loeffelmann.
“The new design allows the ball to maintain its significantly higher speed as it moves through the air,” she added.
Africa in the World Cup: some dates landmark
- 1934: First participation of an African country with the presence of Egypt.
- 1982: Historic victory for Algeria against FRG (Federal Republic of Germany).
- 1990: Cameroon created sensation and beat the reigning world champion Argentina in the opening match.
- 1990: First quarter-final in an African country in the World Cup. Cameroon is being knocked out of England.
- 1994: Africa has for the first time 3 representatives
- 1998: Africa now has 5 representatives
- 2002: Second African victory in the opening match of the World Cup, where Senegal beat France in South Korea. The team of then captain Aliou Cissé is being held back in the quarterfinals by Turkey.
- 2010: First World Cup hosted on the continent of South Africa. Ghana reached the quarter-finals there and lost to Uruguay on penalties.