Smaller is be er for Qatar organisers
THE longest distance between World Cup stadiums in Qatar will be just 55 kilometres (35 miles), equivalent to travelling from Manchester United’s Old Trafford to Liverpool’s Anfield, figures released this week show.
World Cup organisers in the Gulf have calculated the distances between the proposed eight venues for the 2022 tournament using a satellite mapping tool.
As well as the distance between Al-Bayt and Al-Khor stadiums, organisers said the shortest distance will be just 4.5km from the Khalifa International to Qatar Foundation Stadium.
That is approximately the same as that between Arsenal’s Emirates ground and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane.
By contrast, the longest distance in Brazil between venues was more than 3140km, and the shortest almost 340km, according to the figures.
They were released by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body responsible for overseeing the tournament in Qatar, to mark the fact it is exactly six years until the first game of 2022 and underline the compact nature of their event.
Organisers say the tournament will be the “ultimate live experience” for fans, giving supporters the chance to attend more than one game a day in person.
As well as being held in a relatively small country with short distances between venues, there could be as many as four games played each day at the beginning of the tournament.
This because the event will take place over 28 days, four fewer than normal, after FIFA moved the tournament to November-December 2022 rather than the usual June-July, because of concerns about Qatar’s fierce summer heat.
“We have always maintained that Qatar’s size will make it one of the most unique World Cups ever that will benefit both fans and players,” said the supreme committee’s assistant secretary general, Nasser AlKhater.
The 2022 World Cup will kick off on November 21 at the still-to-bebuilt Lusail Stadium, which will also host the final. –
The FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums in Qatar – including Al-Rayyan Stadium, modelled above – are all within 55 kilometres of each other.