In an announcement made in December 2010, the 22th World Cup in 2022 will be held in Qatar. Other contenders for host country were Australia, Japan, South Korea and USA. The tiny nation of Qatar is the first Middle East nation to host the World Cup.
FIFA selected Qatar as host despite concerns that the players will have to deal with oppressive heat in June and July in the tiny nation. Four years after announcing them as host country, FIFA decided to change the dates of the tournament. The final will now be played on Dec. 18. The World Cup will also be a shorter than the usual 28 days, with an expected start on Nov. 21
- Qatar, as hosts, will qualify automatically for the tournament.
- In their bid presentation, Qatar proposed to have their stadia air-conditioned to counter the oppressive heat. They also proposed to dismantle parts of the stadiums after the event and have them rebuilt elsewhere in countries with less developed sports infrastructure.
Dealing with the Heat
- During the June and July period when the WC was originally scheduled to be held, the average daytime high in most of Qatar is in excess of 40 °C (104 °F), and an average low of higher than 30 °C (86 °F).