FIFA confirm 48-teams allocation for 2022 World Cup [Infograph]

It was revealed during the FIFA meeting on the 19th and 20th of December 2008 that a bidding procedure for two World Cups is taking place at the same time. Interested nations will be asked to indicate their interest in hosting the World Cup in 2018 and/or 2022.

The organizers of two World Cups have been named at the same time for the first time. Qatar was chosen as the host country for the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010. The procedure for allocating the 2022 World Cup is outlined below in chronological order.

The World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be compact, which will help fans, FIFA, and the environment. Football fans save money by not having to travel far and often because of the compressed schedule. All important facilities and host cities are within a 60-kilometer radius. This has less impact on the environment. Footballers and fans will be able to enjoy the 2022 World Cup in a cool environment thanks to innovative technologies and excellent facilities. Qatar has offered seven locations to host the World Cup in 2022.

Sending the invitation

FIFA began a 24-month bidding process on January 15, 2009, to decide the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. All FIFA members have been sent an invitation to declare their interest in the organization.

For the 2018 World Cup, 145 invites were given out, with a total of 198 for the 2022 World Cup. Because the 2010 and 2014 World Cups were hosted by CAF (Africa) and CONMEBOL (South America), these nations were not asked to host the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA emphasized the importance of a World Cup in its invitation. This tournament is, in reality, the world’s largest sporting event. A World Cup elicits a wide range of emotions in spectators and brings people from all corners of the globe together. FIFA hopes that the tournament’s high profile will have a good impact on the sport. For the sake of the game. For the sake of the entire world.

11 formal registrations

FIFA received 11 formal registrations for a bid to host the 2018 and/or 2022 World Cups on February 2, 2009. The following nations expressed interest before the deadline of February 2, 2009: Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Spain and Portugal, and the United States.

It is surprising that so many prominent footballing nations have expressed interest in hosting a World Football Cup. According to President Blatter, our world is rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity, but it is also a world that battles for fundamental human rights and conflicts on a daily basis. FIFA bears a significant duty in bringing the world together, with football serving as a symbol of hope and integration.

FIFA will send out registration applications to all interested countries on February 16, 2009.

13 interested countries

A total of 13 nations, including Belgium and the Netherlands, have shown an interest. The deadline for submitting Bid Registration Forms for the organizing of one or both football tournaments is March 16, 2009. Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Portugal, and the United States have all received Bid Registration Forms from FIFA. South Korea and Qatar are solely interested in hosting the World Cup in 2022.

The following countries applied for the WC2018 and/or the 2022 WC:

  • Belgium and the Netherlands
  • The United States
  • England
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Russia
  • Indonesia
  • Qatar
  • China
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Mexico

As a result, the countries might register for one or both World Cups. Because the last two World Cups were also hosted in the southern hemisphere, FIFA decided that the 2018 World Cup would not be staged there. As a result, Australia, for example, was able to concentrate more on the preparations for the 2022 World Cup. The United States was also better positioned to focus on the 2022 World Cup because the 2014 World Cup was staged in South America (Brazil). Furthermore, FIFA prefers that three World Cups be hosted in Europe, and as the previous two editions were held outside of Europe, the World Cup2018 is likely to be given to a European country. As a result, the other countries were better equipped to concentrate on the 2022 World Cup. The countries acted on FIFA’s recommendations, with all European countries focusing on the 2020 World Cup and non-European countries focusing on the 2022 World Cup.

The Netherlands-Belgium, Spain-Portugal, and the Netherlands-Belgium planned to organize the World Cup together in 2018, but FIFA stated in 2009 that it was preferred to have the World Cups handled by a single country rather than a combination of two nations. The World Cup was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002. In 2009, FIFA stated that while individual applicants achieve the requirements, combined bids are not permitted to host World Cups. This statement was eventually refined, with FIFA indicating that two smaller nations may also hold World Cups jointly if certain circumstances were satisfied.

“We are humbled by the overwhelming interest in the World Cup, with every interested country vying for a place in the tournament. The candidates’ diversity and high quality make for an exciting selection process. This demonstrates the significance of the World Cups as a global event with global impact. The World Cup must have a beneficial impact on the sport. For the sake of the game. For the sake of the world “FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated.

In April 2009, FIFA will transmit the Bid Agreements to the nations, which will be the next stage in the allocation process. The specifications and information regarding what applicants must provide in their Bid Book are contained in these agreements. Countries have until December 11, 2009, to sign the Bid Agreements. Rules and instructions are sent to the bidding nations to guarantee that the relevant materials are supplied. Countries must submit details on infrastructure, pertinent laws and regulations, and the organization’s overall structure.

How did the registrations for the 2022 World Cup go?

Except for the countries of the continents where the past two World Cups were hosted, all FIFA members were eligible to apply to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. This means that African and South American countries should not host the 2022 World Cup. The following was the method for applying:

  • February 2009: February 2, 2009, was the deadline for the countries to indicate their interest in organizing the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The countries that were interested received a registration form from FIFA to prepare a bid. Eleven countries showed their interest in organizing one of the World Cups.
  • March 2009: on March 16, 2009, interested countries had to return the registration form to FIFA. All countries that were interested were allowed to keep applying. Qatar and South Korea had to focus on the 2022 World Cup.
  • April 2009: the registered countries received the agreements and documents for making a bid.
  • December 2009: on December 11, 2009, FIFA had to return the contract signed for the bid. In the meantime, Mexico had withdrawn in September 2009 due to the economic crisis in the country. In March 2010, Indonesia was also refused by FIFA.
  • May 2010: the countries that wanted to make a bid had to send the bid book to FIFA on 14 May 2010. It contains all the rules and guidelines on the basis of which FIFA could assess whether the candidates meet the conditions to be allowed to organize the 2018 World Cup or the 2022 World Cup. One of the conditions was that twelve stadiums should be available, each with a capacity of 40,000 visitors for group matches and 80,000 visitors for the opening and the final. In addition, each country had to provide information about the infrastructure and legal rules. FIFA then assessed the shortcomings and risks, including by visiting each country. Russia was visited from 16 to 19 August 2010. A total of eleven bid books were sent to FIFA, including two books from two countries together. The United States, Japan, and Australia announced that they would focus on the 2022 World Cup. Qatar and South Korea were already doing this. As a result, only European countries remained for organizing the World Cup2018. These are Russia, Spain and Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium, and England. Spain and England have previously organized a World Cup.
  • December 2010: following the bid book, FIFA decided on 2 December 2010 which countries may organize the 2018 World Cup and the 2022 World Cup.

Supervision of the FIFA Ethics Committee

FIFA’s ethics committee convened on Monday, March 15, 2010, under the presidency of Claudio Sulser of Switzerland. Sulser has lately been selected as the committee’s new chairman. The status of the bidding process for the organizing of the 2022 World Cup was discussed at this conference. Transparency and equity are guiding principles in the bidding process.

“Football is more than a game,” FIFA President Joseph Blatter said at the start of the meeting, emphasizing the importance of the committee. Football is hope, it accommodates emotions, and it is the school of life from its socio-cultural perspective. Football is also extremely beneficial to the economy. All of this leads to a sense of social duty as well as moral commitment. It is critical, in part, to establish an independent ethics commission that adheres to the Code of Ethics and fair play.

Sulser, the chairman, stated: “I am proud to be the head of this committee as a former professional football player. I am certain that we will produce excellent results as a team, with a transparent approach and the Code of Ethics in mind to defend football’s integrity.”

The committee has decided to write a letter to all bids for the 2022 World Cup, reminding them that they agreed to participate in a World Football Cup that values fair play. The ethics committee will continue to review whether all bid and allocation requirements are followed.

In June 2006, the ethics committee was constituted as a separate legal organization. The Ethics Committee works in tandem with the Disciplinary and Appeal Committees. The committee, as an independent legal organization, has the last say and the power to impose punishments in accordance with the Code of Ethics. The committee is also in charge of overseeing the distribution of the 2022 World Cup.

Visit of the FIFA inspection group to Qatar

On September 17, 2010, a FIFA inspection team arrived in Qatar. The visit to Qatar is the ninth and last stop on the tour of bidding countries for the 2018 World Cup and/or the 2022 World Cup. Qatar was one of four applicants for the exclusive right to host the 2022 World Cup, along with Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

Under the guidance of Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the six-member FIFA team spent three days in Qatar. The group went to the Al Sadd stadium and the Aspire Dome. They also attended a football match in a climate-controlled arena. In addition, members of the Qatari Royal House and administration were introduced to the FIFA delegation.

Qatar has the ability to host major international athletic events, such as the World Football Cup in 2022, from an organizational standpoint. There are a lot of logistical issues, according to Mayne-Nicholls. Qatar has the biggest operational risks of all the bidding countries, according to the FIFA evaluation study.

Qatar has attempted to incorporate all areas of its candidacy, ranging from green technology to infrastructure to the significant influence that the 2022 World Cup would have in Qatar. Qatar’s bid chairman has stated that the country will be ready to host the World Cup in 2022.

On July 17, the FIFA inspection group began its work. The following countries were visited during this trip: Japan, South Korea, Australia, Belgium/the Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom, Spain/Portugal, and the United States of America and Qatar.

Voting rounds

The executive committee of FIFA is made up of 24 people. Transparency, objectivity, and equivalence are the guiding principles of the process. The 24 members each get one vote, however, two members were suspended immediately before the voting round on allegations of corruption and conspiracy. These two members are interested in selling their votes.

The other 22 members decided on the 2018 World Cup organization first, then the 2022 World Cup. The voting is absolutely confidential, and the allocation requires a majority of votes. If no country receives a majority of votes, the country with the fewest votes is eliminated, and a new round of voting is conducted. If two or more countries have the lowest level of development, a number of votes the country that votes will be voted on.

The organizing countries had to meet conditions regarding the football stadiums. Below is an overview of the construction costs and the number of stadiums per country:

  • Qatar: 12 stadiums for $ 3.0 billion
  • United States: 18 stadiums
  • South Korea: 14 stadiums for $ 0.9 billion
  • Japan: 13 stadiums for $ 1.3 billion
  • Australia: 12 stadiums for $ 2.3 billion

Voting round 1

In the first round of voting, the countries received the following number of votes:

  • Qatar: 11
  • United States: 3
  • South Korea: 4
  • Japan: 3
  • Australia: 1

Since no country has a majority of the votes, Australia dropped out and the second round of voting was held.

Voting round 2

  • Qatar: 10
  • United States: 5
  • South Korea: 5
  • Japan: 2

As no country has a majority of the votes, Japan dropped out and the third round of voting was held.

Voting round 3

  • Qatar: 11
  • United States: 6
  • South Korea: 5

Since no country has a majority of the votes, South Korea dropped out and the fourth round of voting was held.

Voting round 4

  • Qatar: 14
  • United States: 8

Qatar received the most votes in the last round of voting and can therefore organize the World Cup in 2022.

Qatar has been chosen as the host country of the 2022 World Cup

Qatar has been chosen to host the 2022 World Cup. On the 2nd of December 2010, FIFA President Joseph Blatter revealed the results of the voting rounds in Zurich. In several nations, members of the FIFA Executive Committee were authorized to vote. FIFA is pleased to announce that the World Football Cup will be held in a new country, if not a new continent, in 2022. According to Blatter, this is a significant step forward in the evolution of football.

Blatter afterward congratulated the countries that had only recently lost out on the organization. He praised all of the bidders for their hard effort and the wonderful message they were conveying. Every country has realized that football is more than a game. Football is more than simply a game.

Along with the Netherlands and Belgium, England, Spain, Portugal, Australia, South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Russia competed for the right to host the 2022 World Cup. The World Cup was hosted by the United States in 1994, Japan in 1998, and South Korea in 2002.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Qatar, he stated, will exceed all expectations. “Thank you for believing in change, for broadening the playing field, and for allowing Qatar to participate. You will be proud of us and the Middle East as a whole.”

One of the most important media events in Switzerland is the announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country. At the Zurich Exhibition Center, more than 70 TV stations and 1,000 reporters were on hand to cover the event live. Blatter and Khalifa Al-Thani signed the Qatari organization’s agreements on December 16, 2010.

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