When does it begin? How you can watch? Why Qatar? And who will win it?

The 2022 World Cup, the primary males’s World Cup outdoors its conventional summer time window, might be performed in November and December in Qatar. In some ways, a minimum of on tv within the U.S., it’s going to look similar to different editions of the world’s hottest sporting occasion. However in different methods, will probably be unusual, distinctive and controversial. Right here’s every little thing you should find out about it.

When is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup begins Nov. 20 — at some point sooner than its unique begin date — and concludes Dec. 18.

FIFA, soccer’s international governing physique, made the unprecedented choice to maneuver the event out of June and July to keep away from Qatar’s scorching summer time warmth.

European golf equipment, whose seasons run from August via Might, will pause for the World Cup, which might be compressed into 4 weeks. The group stage will final simply 13 days as a substitute of the standard 15. The knockout rounds start Dec. 3. Right here’s the schedule.

The place is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup might be held in Qatar — a tiny peninsular emirate on the Persian gulf — and particularly in metropolitan Doha, the place over 80% of the nation’s 3 million individuals reside.

All eight stadiums are inside 40 miles and 50-minute drives of each other, in and across the Qatari capital. Six of the eight didn’t exist in 2010 when Qatar gained internet hosting rights.

Some estimates say Qatar has spent over $200 billion on World Cup-related infrastructure.

What time are video games? And what’s the time distinction in Qatar?

The most important video games, together with all three U.S. group video games, kick off at 10 p.m. in Qatar, which interprets to 2 p.m. ET. The time distinction might be eight hours to ET, 9 to CT, and 11 to PT.

Within the group stage, meaning early begins for viewers in america. The World Cup opener, Qatar versus Senegal on Sunday, Nov. 20, kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. From Nov. 22 via Nov. 28, there are 4 standalone matches per day, starting at 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and a couple of p.m. ET. (That’s 2, 5, 8 and 11 a.m. on the West Coast.)

Spherical of 16 and quarterfinal matches start at 10 a.m. and a couple of p.m. ET. The semifinals and closing are at 2 p.m. ET.

[More: Full World Cup schedule; Schedule chart with local kickoff times]

The USMNT, proven right here forward of a pleasant versus Japan on Sept. 23, 2022 in Duesseldorf, Germany, will face Wales in its World Cup opener on Nov. 21. (Photograph by Christof Koepsel/Getty Pictures)

How you can watch World Cup video games on TV, cell and on-line

Fox and Fox Sports activities 1 will televise all 64 video games in English within the U.S., whereas Telemundo (and, when there are simultaneous video games, its cable companion Universo) will broadcast all the event in Spanish.

Their streaming platforms — the Fox Sports activities and Telemundo Deportes apps — may also carry each sport reside.

Fox will present 35 video games — together with the opener, all three U.S. group video games, and each match from the quarterfinals onward — on its essential broadcast community, however some early morning and weekend matches might be bumped to FS1 by non-sports programming or American soccer.

When are the U.S. video games, and who’re the opponents?

The U.S. males’s nationwide group, colloquially known as the USMNT, was drawn into Group B alongside England, Iran and Wales. It will get the Welsh first, however the headliner is a Black Friday showdown with England. Right here’s the schedule:

• Monday, Nov. 21 vs. Wales (2 p.m. ET, Fox/Telemundo)
• Friday, Nov. 25 vs. England (2 p.m. ET, Fox/Telemundo)
• Tuesday, Nov. 29 vs. Iran (2 p.m. ET, Fox/Telemundo)

If the U.S. wins the group, it could play its Spherical of 16 match on Sunday, Dec. 4, in opposition to the runner-up from Group A (Qatar, the Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador). That sport, at 2 p.m. ET on FS1, would overlap with a full NFL slate.

If the U.S. finishes second, it could face the Group A winner on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. ET on Fox.

If the U.S. finishes outdoors the highest two, it could be eradicated simply eight days into the event.

England is the favourite to prime the group, however all three opponents current challenges. Listed here are some Group B scouting experiences.

Who’re the World Cup favorites?

Brazil, which has gained the lads’s World Cup greater than some other nation, is favored (+475 at BetMGM) to assert a sixth title.

France, the defending champ, is the second-favorite at +600, however stumbled via 4 June tune-ups, going 0-2-2 in opposition to Denmark, Croatia (twice) and Austria. And Paul Pogba, one in every of its stars, is questionable on account of harm.

Among the many different contenders, Argentina — in Lionel Messi’s closing World Cup marketing campaign — is the very best wager. Its 2018-era dysfunction has dissipated. La Albiceleste, as they’re recognized, are unbeaten of their final 34 video games relationship again to 2019, and not too long ago ripped aside Italy in La Finalissima, a showdown between the continental champions of Europe and South America.

However even after these three, six different nations might realistically win the 2022 World Cup.

Might the U.S. win the World Cup?

Not like eight years in the past, when then-coach Jurgen Klinsmann insisted that “we can’t win this World Cup,” and in contrast to 4 years in the past, when the U.S. didn’t even qualify, this USMNT has huge desires. When gamers gathered for his or her first coaching camp since qualifying for the 2022 version, head coach Gregg Berhalter projected an image of the World Cup trophy onto a clean canvas and requested them: “Why can’t we compete for this?”

Realistically, the reply stays what it was in 2014. As Klinsmann mentioned, “it’s simply not life like.” The group’s odds are +10000 — an implied likelihood of 1%.

However the USMNT is youthful and extra proficient than ever earlier than — younger and proficient sufficient to provide it semifinal upside, and to place competition in 2026 inside the realm of risk.

Who might be on the U.S. roster?

Cristian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams are the names to know. Yunus Musah and Brenden Aaronson are rising stars. They’re 5 of roughly 14 roster locks, if wholesome.

The ultimate 26-man squad might be introduced on Nov. 9, a couple of days earlier than the Nov. 14 deadline. Till then, right here is our newest prediction.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Gregg Berhalter, Head Coach of Team United States looks on prior to the International Friendly match between Japan and United States at Merkur Spiel-Arena on September 23, 2022 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter’s World Cup squad might be introduced on Nov. 9. (Photograph by Christof Koepsel/Getty Pictures)

What are the must-watch group video games?

If you happen to’re going to place 10 non-U.S. video games in your calendar — and when you’re searching for drama, high quality and international taste — our picks could be:

• Nov. 21: Netherlands (-145) vs. Senegal | 11 a.m., Fox
• Nov. 22: Poland (+155) vs. Mexico | 11 a.m., Fox
• Nov. 23: Belgium (-350) vs. Canada | 2 p.m., Fox
• Nov. 24: Brazil (-200) vs. Serbia | 2 p.m., Fox
• Nov. 26: France (-110) vs. Denmark | 11 a.m., FS1
• Nov. 26: Argentina (-155) vs. Mexico | 2 p.m., FS1
• Nov. 27: Spain (+155) vs. Germany | 2 p.m., FS1
• Nov. 28: Portugal (+105) vs. Uruguay | 2 p.m., Fox
• Dec. 1: Belgium (-110) vs. Croatia | 10 a.m., TBD
• Dec. 2: Switzerland (+145) vs. Serbia | 2 p.m., TBD

(All instances ET. Numbers in parentheses are betting odds for the favourite. TV listings and intrigue ranges for the third spherical of group video games, starting Nov. 29, are topic to vary. The full listing of teams and matchups is right here.)

Which World Cup regulars didn’t qualify for Qatar 2022?

Italy, shockingly, misplaced to North Macedonia and can miss a second straight males’s World Cup. Colombia, Chile, Nigeria and Egypt may also be absent. Sweden was the next-best European group to overlook out. Russia was banned, and booted out of a qualifying playoff, following its invasion of Ukraine.

Will the world’s prime gamers all be in Qatar?

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo might be again for his or her fifth, and sure final, World Cups. However three of the highest seven on The Guardian’s 2021 listing of the world’s finest gamers — Egypt’s Mo Salah, Italy’s Jorginho and Norway’s Erling Haaland — gained’t be in Qatar.

Others who have been absent in 2018, nevertheless, might be current. France’s Karim Benzema is again from national-team exile to companion with Kylian Mbappe. Gareth Bale, although not an elite winger, will lastly make his World Cup debut. And Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, the two-time reigning FIFA participant of the yr, will go searching for his first World Cup objective.

How will the winter World Cup disrupt their membership seasons?

Most prime European leagues started a minimum of per week sooner than traditional to accommodate the World Cup. The German Bundesliga and English Premier League, for instance, kicked off Aug. 5.

They may all take World Cup breaks by Monday, Nov. 14, the date by which all skilled golf equipment, in each nation worldwide, might be required to launch gamers to their nationwide groups.

The UEFA Champions League has additionally shifted its complete group stage ahead in order that it could actually wrap up by Nov. 2.

The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, eight days after the World Cup closing. Spain’s La Liga restarts Dec. 31, and Italy’s Serie A on Jan. 4. The Bundesliga, in the meantime, will tack its conventional winter break onto the World Cup break, and gained’t resume till Jan. 21.

How will nationwide groups adapt for a winter World Cup?

Nationwide groups might be venturing into an awesome unknown, with out prolonged coaching camps to organize for the World Cup, and inclined to type fluctuations or accidents sustained by stars at golf equipment. The U.S., for instance, will play simply two video games — friendlies in opposition to Japan (Sept. 23) and Saudi Arabia (Sept. 27) — within the 5 months previous its opener.

With the MLS common season concluding Oct. 9, and all however two finalists finished by November, some USMNT gamers based mostly domestically will collect for a stateside camp earlier than heading to Qatar. (Some youth nationwide teamers will be a part of them to make it a “purposeful group,” as Berhalter has mentioned.) However European-based gamers, who comprise a majority of the USMNT, will be a part of up with teammates, coaches and workers in Qatar on Nov. 13 or 14 — seven or eight days earlier than their curtain-raiser in opposition to Wales.

Right here’s extra on the eccentricities of 2022 World Cup prep.

Will anyone protest or boycott?

No person expects groups or gamers to boycott. Some, although, have staged small-scale protests to focus on human rights abuses in Qatar. Dutch gamers promised to “use our soccer for change.” German gamers lined up earlier than a qualifier in handmade shirts that spelled out “H-U-M-A-N R-I-G-H-T-S.”

The U.S. Soccer Federation, in the meantime, says it has employed a “compliance officer” to make sure that the distributors it makes use of in Qatar are ones that deal with workers humanely. It has additionally introduced in consultants to teach USMNT gamers about their host. Gamers say they’ve had “discussions” about making statements come November, however prior to now, they’ve targeted totally on points that plague their very own nation — similar to gun violence.

Why is the Qatar World Cup so controversial?

Human rights teams have highlighted Qatar’s systemic exploitation and mistreatment of migrant staff, a lot of whom helped construct World Cup stadiums and Doha infrastructure from scratch.

Beneath the “kafala” system, tens of millions of individuals from international locations like Bangladesh, Nepal and India paid recruitment charges to maneuver to Qatar (and different gulf nations), the place they have been contractually certain to their employers with little to no protections in opposition to horrific working circumstances and unpaid wages. Even FIFA president Gianni Infantino has likened the system to “fashionable slavery.”

The World Cup’s highlight, coupled with strain from the Worldwide Labor Group and others, led to the abolishment of kafala in Qatar, however researchers and advocates have discovered “enormous gaps between Qatar’s reform claims and the precise lived actuality for migrant laborers on the bottom,” Minky Worden, a director at Human Rights Watch, mentioned this previous winter. These consultants say that, regardless of some progress, many features of the kafala system stay in place. FIFA argues, usually, that the abuses are out of its management, and that the World Cup is partially liable for the reforms.

Followers additionally fear about LGBT+ rights and girls’s rights within the host nation, the place homosexuality is against the law and lots of younger girls want male-guardian permission to do issues like marry and research. Two LGBT+ leaders inside American soccer supporters teams have instructed Yahoo Sports activities that they will not be touring to the World Cup as a result of they’d concern for his or her private security.

What different issues will the Qatar World Cup current?

You’ll in all probability see headlines stemming from Qatari legal guidelines prohibiting pre-marital intercourse and public consumption of alcohol. It’s unclear how strictly these legal guidelines might be enforced in November and December, and unclear how festive the World Cup might be. Reuters reported in July that stadiums gained’t promote alcohol, “with beer gross sales outdoors arenas solely allowed earlier than and after some matches.” FIFA mentioned in September, although, that followers will be capable to purchase beer inside stadium compounds, simply not at concessions in concourses.

The 2022 World Cup’s greatest logistical nightmare, nevertheless, is house. Qatar is smaller than Connecticut. It expects to welcome some 1 million international followers, however doesn’t have practically sufficient lodge rooms for them. Some might need to remain on docked cruise ships or at campsites on the outskirts of Doha. Others will keep in neighboring international locations and fly out and in for matches. Normally, it’s not fairly clear how nicely town will be capable to deal with the inflow of holiday makers.

How did Qatar get the World Cup? Was there corruption?

Qatar gained a sensationally shady bid for internet hosting rights manner again in 2010. FIFA’s 24-member government committee selected the petrostate over the U.S. in a final-round vote. (Two of the 24 executives have been prevented from voting as a result of they’d already been caught agreeing to promote their votes.)

A couple of years later, with many suspecting corruption, American investigator Michael Garcia produced a 430-page report that didn’t supply proof of vote-buying, however did element a great deal of questionable habits. Varied high-ranking soccer officers who took half have since been banned from the game or indicted by the U.S. Division of Justice. The DOJ lastly mentioned in a 2020 indictment that “a number of government committee members have been supplied or acquired bribes in reference to their votes” — for each Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022.

The place is the following males’s World Cup?

After lacking out on 2022, the U.S. partnered with Canada and Mexico to win internet hosting rights for 2026. That event, the primary World Cup with 48 groups, might be held in 16 cities throughout North America.

When and the place is the following Girls’s World Cup?

After Qatar, the following World Cup is subsequent yr’s Girls’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It begins July 20, 2023.

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