World Cup fast facts

November 8, 2022

Every 4 years, the whole world fills stadiums and becomes fixed to their TV sets to watch the FIFA World Cup. Since the inaugural games in 1930, the World Cup is an international soccer tournament between the senior men’s national teams of FIFA, the governing body of the sport. This year, the games are being held in Qatar, marking the first time the games are being held in a Middle East nation, with the 2018 champions of France returning to defend their title.   

Where will the 2022 World Cup Be held?

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar in Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.

When are the games?

The games begin Nov. 20 with a match between the host country of Qatar and Ecuador and continue to Dec. 18. The games are not being held in the  summer as is customary due to the region’s excessive heat.  

What is the controversy behind the host country?

One of the most prominent issues raised against Qatar is the potential human rights violations toward the workers hired to build the infrastructure around the games. Amnesty International has found evidence of forced labor, unpaid wages and excessive working hours. Media and fans alike have all raised concerns about the illegal status of homosexuality in the host nation. Qatar has disclosed that it will comply with FIFA rules promoting tolerance during the games. 

How can I legally watch the games?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live across FOX Sports and you can stream it live on Peacock, SlingTV and Vidgo.

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