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What to Expect at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: Q&A

Stadium 974, a host venue for the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 in Doha, Qatar, in December 2021

Stadium 974, a host venue for the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 in Doha, Qatar, in December 2021

Photographer: Francois Nel/Getty Images 

One thing is for certain as the countdown starts in earnest for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This year’s global soccer spectacle will be unlike any other.

For the first time in the quadrennial tournament’s 92-year history, it will be staged in November and December instead of the mid-year months. It will also be the biggest sporting event ever held in the Middle East -- and in a conservative, majority-Muslim country to boot. All that before factoring in Covid-19.