Qatar 2022: What does the compact World Cup tournament mean for players and fans?

The upcoming World Cup guarantees new experiences for all stakeholders…

Eight places. 32 teams. one city.

The “compact” World Cup awaits the world of football later this year in Qatar. Much has been said about the nature of the already compact tournament.

There are eight stadiums that will host the World Cup matches in Qatar. All of these stadiums are located in and around the capital, Doha. In fact, all the stadiums are located within an hour of travel from each other.

What this basically means is that the need for air travel between places, which was common in previous World Cups where the host cities are located in different corners of the host country, has been completely eliminated.

Forget the cooling technology or the fact that the World Cup takes place from November to December, the compact nature is really something that makes Qatar 2022 so unique.

What can fans expect from the compact 2022 World Cup?

For fans, the compact World Cup brings a lot of surprises.

Travel costs always affect fans who often travel halfway across the world or more to experience the World Cup. They end up crossing the host country, following their favorite team around and ending up spending on multiple hotel and flight reservations. This aspect was eliminated in Qatar 2022.

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Fans can be in one hotel/accommodation and easily watch their team’s matches. All they need is to use Doha’s public transportation system (metro/buses) to get around the places.

Not to mention the fact that watching more than one match a day is a real possibility in Qatar 2022, something that was impossible in previous World Cup editions. The group stages during the upcoming World Cup will see up to four matches a day, and if they can get tickets, fans can watch more than one match quite easily. During the Arab Cup in 2021, this aspect was evident. There were some fans who were able to watch multiple matches in one day.

What can players expect from the compact 2022 World Cup?

FIFA recently released a list of 32 Team Base Camps (TBC) for countries that have qualified for the World Cup. The main takeaway from the release is that teams can be stationed in their camp for the duration of the World Cup and don’t have to travel and change camps each time they advance in the tournament. All trips the World Cup will include for teams is their matchday trip to the stadium from the team’s base camp.

World Cup Germany 2014

This is a game changer for teams. To put it in perspective, take for example the victorious Germany campaign in the 2014 World Cup. The Germans have not played two games in a row in the same Brazilian city, as they crossed the country and played in six different cities. In short, they ended up traveling roughly 7,760 km back and forth before lifting the World Cup.

The burden of traveling back and forth and packing and unpacking their kits, clothing and equipment will be completely eliminated during Qatar 2022.

Not to mention the fact that eliminating travel helps to recover better and allows players to maintain peak levels of physical performance. We’ve always seen managers and players talking that playing two games in 3-4 days, especially when it comes to travel, is not ideal. But this will not be the case in Qatar. Given that the World Cup takes place in the middle of a busy season, its cohesion eases the burden on the players.

We hope this translates into the quality of football on display during the World Cup in Qatar.

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