Decision still out on number of World Cup stadiums

As Qatar continues to prepare for the 2022 World Cup, the number of required stadiums remains undecided

Despite the ongoing building frenzy around Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, the number of required stadiums remains unclear.
Despite the ongoing building frenzy around Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, the number of required stadiums remains unclear.

The decision on the number of World Cup stadiums is still unclear for 2022 tournament.

With five stadia either already under construction or about to start construction, the exact number of required stadiums for the 2022 World Cup remains uncertain, Doha News reported.

This week AFP cited a FIFA official as saying the world’s football governing body will decide the number of 2022 World Cup stadiums in “due course,” but not by the end of this year as expected.

The decision was part of an “overall ongoing infrastructure discussion”.

Concerns include transportation to venues and how many pitches will be needed for the 28-day tournament – one of the shortest World Cups in the past two decades.

The first winter World Cup will begin on 21 November and conclude on 18 December, Qatar’s National Day, FIFA announced in 2015.

According to ESPN, the World Cup will be shorter than usual to accommodate teams with scheduling conflicts since the tournament was moved from the summer to the winter months.

For the 2022 games, Qatar must have anywhere from eight to 12 stadiums ready, with eight venues already announced, five of which are under construction: Al Rayyan, Khalifa International, Al Wakrah, Al Bayt Al Khor and Qatar Foundation.

Three stadia in Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama are still in the initial stages of design.

According to Hilal Al Kuwari, the World Cup organiser’s technical delivery office chairman: “The next 12 months will be crucial for the tournament’s progression as we prepare another three sites for works, with the SC and its partners managing eight live construction sites by mid-2017.”

All eight stadiums are anticipated to be completed by 2020, while FIFA was originally expected to announce the number of required venues at the end of last year.

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