The ball will roll one day before the scheduled date of the 2022 World Cup, following a decision by the International Football Association (FIFA). Thus, the ceremony and the opening match of the competition were presented at Al Bayt Stadium on one day, by a unanimous decision of the FIFA Council office today.The body said, Thursday, August 11, in a press release.
Accordingly, the match between the host country and Ecuador, originally scheduled for November 21, will take place on Sunday, November 20 at 7 pm local time (5 pm CET) at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, during the meeting. – which was due to open – between Senegal and the Netherlands, tentatively scheduled for 1pm local time on Monday, November 21, has been pushed back to 7pm the same day.
This decision will revive a recent tradition where the host country plays the first match at every World Cup, like Russia and Saudi Arabia in the 2018 edition.
“The Opportunity of a Lifetime for Qatar”
“Playing the opening match of the first World Cup that was held in the Middle East and the Arab world is the opportunity of a lifetime for Qatarresponded to the organizing committee in a press release. The world will watch our proud country kick off the biggest sporting event against Ecuador. »
FIFA says it has taken this decision “After evaluating the sporting and operational implications of this rescheduling, as well as an extensive process of consultation and agreement with key stakeholders and the host country, which subsequently led to an agreement.”.
Ticket holders will be duly informed by e-mail of the new schedule of the respective matches, for which their tickets remain valid. In addition, FIFA will resolve any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.”, is added. The authority finally specifies that the player provisioning period will remain unchanged, and will always begin on November 14, 2022.
On the part of the economic partners, this will be a very unusual change “managed”Jaime Byrom, president of Match Hospitality, a company that has entered into an agreement with FIFA to organize accommodation packages for World Cup matches and has booked 450,000 tickets for the tournament, confirmed on Wednesday.
“Compared to other challenges that we may have faced or that we have faced in the past, this is really not a very big problem”Mr. Berom told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “We will take care of our Ecuadorean customers traveling from abroad, making sure they are in the right time for the game”specially.
Change countdown to 100 days
The opening match is scheduled to take place at the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium, one of seven new stadiums built for the tournament since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010. The gas-rich Gulf nation is preparing for a stunning opening ceremony for the tournament. The World Cup in this stadium, its structure is inspired by the traditional tents of the Gulf Bedouins.
The change to the opening match date includes a change to the 100-day countdown to the World Cup that was scheduled to kick off on Saturday, with events taking place on that day across the emirate of 2.8 million people, nearly 90% of whom are foreigners.
Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host one of the largest sporting events in the world. The competition has been moved from summer to late fall 2022 due to extreme temperatures in the Gulf emirate. If FIFA President Gianni Infantino promises that Qatar will host “Better” Never having hosted the World Cup, the country has been heavily criticized for the rights of migrant workers as well as for its criminalization of homosexuality.