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2022 World Cup

2022 World Cup

FIFA announced on last Friday that the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar, will start on November 21 with the final to be played on December 18, on Qatar’s national day. They are cutting four days off the length of the competition.

World soccer’s governing body had previously announced the date of the final but the start date of November 21 means the tournament will be just 28 days in duration — the shortest since the competition switched to a 32-team tournament in 1998.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was held over 32 days while the shortest 32-team tournament had been 31 days. The World Cup will be shorter than usual to accommodate teams with scheduling conflicts since the tournament was moved from the summer to the winter months.

The Qatar tournament will mark the first time that the event is held during Europe’s winter months – previously the competition had been held in June and July.

Patrícia Lopes

Patricia Lopes is a sports journalist, currently working as the BeIN Sports channel correspondent in Brazil. She took part in several international coverages and two world cups. The first in 2010 in South Africa, and the second in 2014, in Brazil. Patricia has previously worked for the following channels: Rede Brasil-TVE (Brazilian public TV) where she worked for nine years as a reporter, presenter and sports commentator. After that she spent 7 years at ESPN. She has also worked freelance for other famous news channels in the world: Al Jazeera, CNN EN Español and NBC Telemundo