The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is an international association football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. The event is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup was held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.
This tournament is the last with 32 participating teams, with the field to increase to 48 teams for the 2026 edition. Matches at the event will be played in eight venues across five cities. Because of Qatar’s intense summer heat and humidity, this World Cup is being held during November and December. It is being played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor. In their first-ever World Cup appearance, Qatar lost 2–0, becoming the first host nation to lose their opening game. The final will be held on 18 December 2022.