The statistics for the World Cup 2022 are particularly noteworthy because Qatar is a unique host country that invests a significant amount of money in the event.
A World Cup in the summer is usual, but the heat in Qatar is unbearable. As a result, it will be the first time a football World Cup has been held in the winter.
The World Cup in Qatar is the shortest in 44 years, lasting only 28 days. In Argentina, the 1978 worldwide final battle lasted 25 days.
The tournament’s relocation to the winter has significant implications for the European schedule. The first World Cup to be held in the winter sparked a lot of excitement at major European sporting events. Almost all contests are held there throughout the winter. For handing up players for the World Cups in Russia and Qatar, European top clubs will receive roughly 195 million euros in compensation.
The football pitch at the Khalifa International Stadium was built in a record-breaking 13.5 hours, with 40 professionals moving about 7,800 m2 of grass from the Turf Nursery to the historic stadium. To arrange the grass appropriately, the professionals employed eight unique pieces of equipment. The previous record had the same team’s name on it. The pitch of Al Sadd Sports Club’s Stadium was laid in 14 hours and 40 minutes in 2016.
2022 World Cup qualifying statistics
- 163,000 fans had gathered in 1977 to watch the World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Colombia.
- 871 matches have been played towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
- 807 goals were scored in 278 matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. This is an average of 2.9 goals per match.
- Mexico has played 175 qualifying games, more than any other Concacaf team. The Mexicans have played 16 finals.
- 55 European countries can qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. That is one more than the previous edition because Russia was then automatically placed as the host country.
- 40 teams in Africa are divided into 10 groups in the race for a World Cup ticket. The group winners will advance to the third qualifying round, of which the five winners will go to Qatar.
- 40 countries from Asia are divided into 8 groups for the World Cup 2022. 12 teams will receive a ticket.
- 31 goals in one match are the record during the World Cup qualification. Great Australia won against American Samoa in 2001, without conceding a goal.
- Archie Thompson scored 13 goals in the Australia – American Samoa match in 2001.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored 30 goals in 38 games in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup.
- Brazil has played 21 World Cup finals. The country is also the only country that has never missed a World Cup.
- 11 teams from South and North America have attended at least one World Cup; Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, USA, and Trinidad and Tobago.
- 11 countries compete in the Oceania World Cup qualifier, of which only one can qualify.
- 10 goals in one match have been scored for the first time by Hungary. Greece was defeated 11-1 in 1938.
Statistics of qualification for the FIFA World Cup
The 211 countries that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup are a new high. For the 2014 World Cup, the previous high was 203 football countries.
More than 100 countries competed in the World Cup qualification stages for the first time more than 30 years ago. At the time, 103 countries fought for one of the 24 World Cup spots in 1982, which was held in Spain.
Because of the 851 World Cup qualifying matches for 2018, the total number of World Cup qualifying matches is now 7,306.
There are 258 World Cup qualifying matches involving countries that are members of the UEFA football association for the 2022 World Cup.
World Cup qualifications are growing more and more popular. The WK2014 events drew a total of more than 17 million spectators, an average of 21,000 per match.
Prior to 2002, the World Cup host country Qatar, and the incumbent World champion were both automatically qualified. Only the host country was automatically placed beginning in 2002. Italy, on the other hand, had to qualify for the World Cup in its own nation in 1934.
In June 1933, Sweden and Estonia played the first qualifying match.
Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal are the only countries to have competed in all 19 World Cup qualifiers. Their 21st screening will be for the World Cup qualifications in 2022.
Brazil has won the World Cup five times already. Brazil is the only country to have competed in every major event, however they have only been in the qualifying rounds 11 times. Brazil was automatically designated as a host country in 1950 and 2014, as well as the reigning World champion in 1962, 1966, 1974, and 1998.
Germany has qualified for the main event five times without having to play any qualification matches. In particular, as a host country in 1974 and 2006, and as the reigning World champion in 1958, 1978, and 1994.
In the qualifying stages, Germany was the most successful country. Only two of the 84 games were lost by the Germans, both at home against Portugal (1985) and England (1986). (2001).
Germany has a 2.5 point and 2.96 goals per match average.
Only seven countries have qualified for the main event in the previous 25 years: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, and America. Spain has also competed in every round of the World Cup qualifying process.
Mexico has 159 qualifying matches under its belt. Costa Rica has played a total of 156 games. At least 100 qualifications have been played by 53 countries.
During the qualifying stages, the Mexico – America competition is the most popular. These two countries have met a total of 27 times. Belgium vs. Netherlands has been played 12 times in UEFA competitions.
The German Democratic Republic and the Dutch East Indies are two countries that no longer exist on the list of countries that competed in World Cup qualification competitions. The Dutch East Indies took part in the 1938 World Cup without ever having played before.
There have been 18,791 goals scored since 1933, averaging 2.91 goals per game.
The quickest goal was scored by Belgian Christian Benteke against Gibraltar in 2016 when he scored after only 7 seconds. In a match against England in 1993, Davide Gualttiere scored after only 9 seconds.
In the 2001 World Cup qualifying match between Australia and American Samoa, the greatest score was 31-0. In the same year, Australia defeated Tonga 22 – 0 in a friendly match. The biggest European score is 12 – 0 in a 1969 encounter between Germany and Cyprus.
Ali Daei (Iran) leads the World Cup qualifiers with 35 goals in 51 games.
Ivan Hurtado played in most of the World Cup qualifiers (Ecuador). From 1993 through 2009 (16 years! ), He took part in a total of 73 qualifiers for his nation.
Dwight York, Russell Latapy, Victor Mendieta, and Pat Jennings were the only four players who competed in all six qualifying rounds.
Mexico won most of the World Cup qualifiers (102). The country with the most drawings was Colombia (40). Luxembourg has suffered the most eliminations (113).
Mexico has scored the most goals in World Cup qualification history, with 407 goals. The Czech Republic has the highest number of counter-attacks (106).
The match with the most spectators was Brazil vs. Paraguay in 1954. (170,000 visitors). With 134,544 spectators, Scotland vs. England was the most-watched European qualifying match in 1954.