The World Cup is one of the most popular sports tournaments in the world. 32 teams qualify to play in this prestigious competition and the winner becomes the champion of the world. It is one of the highest-viewed sports tournaments with over 800 million fans tuning into games during the last World Cup. The players and their clubs put everything into training for this tournament and every detail matters, not only do players have to be at their peak physical fitness but managers will look at every detail down to reading the top list of goalkeeper’s gloves to ensure their goalie has the best kit available. Every small detail such as this is important as the team as a whole has to be at the top of their performance to succeed in the World Cup. Where the World Cup has hosted changes every time, it’s a great event to host as it brings in lots of money to the economy of the hosting country. The next World Cup is in 2022 and it’s set to be hosted in Qatar, this has been a very controversial decision and many people are opposed to it. 

The Climate

Qatar is located in the middle east and it is compromised of many deserts. This means that the temperatures would be much higher than many players are used to, the average temperature in the summer is 113 F, these temperatures would be unbearable for thousands of fans and it would affect the performance of any western teams who would not be used to the high temperatures. This could even be dangerous for players as they will be at a high risk of dehydration, but FIFA has not interfered and recommended players to drink more water to prevent this. 

Homophobia

In Qatar, being a homosexual is illegal. This is one of the main reasons why people are so opposed to the World Cup being held there. Many fans and players and openly homosexual and putting them in a position where they must be in a country that has banned it is unfair. The loudest opposition to the games being held here says that homophobia should never be tolerated, and people should not support a country that has such outdated laws. Again, FIFA has not got involved and has made no comments about this law. 

Workers’ Rights

After Qatar won the bid for the 2022 World Cup, they got started straight away on constructing stadiums for the games to be held in. Unfortunately, during this construction workers have not been given the same rights as we are used to and over 400 Nepalese migrant workers have died whilst working. These workers are being forced to work in dreary and dangerous conditions and there isn’t enough safety in place for them. Whilst Qatar has made a statement on this there is no way to tell if they’ll stick to their promises for increased safety for the workers and too many lives have already been lost. FIFA has again not got involved in this issue. 

Football Infrastructure

Unlike countries like England which already have lots of stadiums as they host the English Premier League, football is not popular in Qatar so there is nothing in place already that will be able to cope with a tournament as big as the World Cup. It will cost Qatar around $220 billion to get prepared for the World Cup so there is a chance they will not be finished by 2022. The main city for the games is Lusail City and even this city hasn’t been built yet. 

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