When exactly will the World Cup take place?
The 22nd iteration of the showcase competition started on Monday, November 21, which is a significant change from its typical placement on the calendar in the months of June and July. On Wednesday morning, the tournament was kicked off with Qatar’s first match against Ecuador, while Australia’s national football team opened their campaign with a match against the reigning world champions, France. They will play Tunisia in their next encounter, which will take place on Saturday night at 9 p.m. local time (AEST).
Group D matches for the Socceroos:
Match between France and Australia will take place on November 23 at 6am AEDT.
Tunisia against Australia – Saturday 26 November, 9pm AEDT
The match between Australia and Denmark will take place on Thursday, December 1, at 2am AEDT. Australia players celebrate their win against Peru in the World Cup playoff penalty shootout, which secured their position for the tournament in Qatar.
This year is the last time that there will only be 32 teams competing in the game before it increases to 48 in 2026 throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States. These teams will compete against one another in eight groups of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the round of 16. The elimination round will begin early in the morning on December 4th, with the quarterfinals taking place on December 10th and the semifinals on December 14th.
On Monday, December 19, which is also Qatar National Day, the championship match is set to begin at 2:00 am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Over the course of the next month, a total of 64 matches are scheduled to be played.
What are the steps I need to take to watch and follow from Australia?
The Guardian is providing comprehensive liveblogging coverage of the competition, including live blogs for individual matches beginning in the group stage and continuing all the way up to the championship match.
Visit this page to see our comprehensive coverage of the Fifa World Cup 2022, or go right to our World Cup live blogging.
On the ground in Qatar will be a team of fifteen Guardian journalists, including Socceroos reporter Emma Kemp. These journalists will all be reporting on both the football that is played on the field as well as the many concerns that arise off of it.
For those who want to watch from the comfort of their own homes, every match will be shown live and exclusively on SBS for no additional cost, and live streaming will be accessible on SBS On Demand. SBS Viceland will also broadcast eight of the live games that are being played.
Where exactly is it taking place?
The whole competition for this year’s World Cup will take place inside a 55-kilometer radius of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. This will make it the World Cup tournament with the smallest geographical footprint in the competition’s history. There are a total of eight venues that will be used to host the matches, with the lowest having a capacity of 40,000 spectators (Stadium 974, Al Janoub Stadium, and Al Thumama Stadium), and the largest holding 80,000 spectators (Lusail Stadium, which will host the final).
Why is it considered contentious?
From the initial decision made by Fifa to award hosting rights to Qatar twelve years ago, to the country’s record on human rights, via its treatment of migrant workers and discriminatory laws, this World Cup has drawn attention for all the wrong reasons, more so than any other World Cup that has come before it. Many people feel uneasy about the event, but it will present a chance to make use of the spotlight that will be on Qatar to raise attention to the problems that exist there.
Is this the last big athletic event that will take place in this calendar year?
You would not be incorrect in assuming that there have been a number of World Cup competitions taking place recently if you have had this thought. The end of the year has been very busy due to the T20 World Cup, the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup. There are still the short course swimming championships in Melbourne and a couple of Test cricket series to come in December if you aren’t already completely over sport. The tournament in Qatar, which will be played in the same year as the unusually held Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, is not quite the last one of the 2022 though.