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World Cup 2022, female referees and 26-man teams are among the firsts in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Doha, Qatar — The 2022 FIFA World Cup for men is rapidly approaching. The first match begins on November 20, over 12 years after Qatar was given the hosting rights for the event.

The event will feature 32 teams and draw more than 1.2 million tourists to Qatar, which will be the first Middle Eastern nation to hold football’s largest championship.

Offside detection technique

FIFA, football’s international governing body, stated in July that a semi-automated offside technology will be used during the World Cup 2022 to aid in making quick and accurate offside decisions. A player is considered to be offside if “any portion of the head, body, or feet is in the opponents’ half (except the halfway line) and any part of the head, body, or feet is closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.”

To monitor the motions of players, the device employs a sensor in the ball and a limb-tracking camera system. The data will be used to put 3D visuals on stadium screens to assist supporters and viewers at home comprehend the referee’s decision.

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Teams will be permitted five substitutes each game, up from three in the last World Cup 2022 in Russia in 2018. The International Football Association Board, football’s rule-making body, established the regulation in 2020 after “a worldwide examination of the continuing effect of COVID-19 on football as well as comments from numerous important stakeholders from throughout the football community.”

If a World Cup game goes into overtime, one more substitute will be permitted.

Over the last two years, many football leagues, notably Spain’s La Liga and Major League Soccer in the United States, have made the modification.

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Launch in November

In contrast to previous tournaments, Qatar World Cup 2022 will take place in November and December.

Previously, the World Cup was always held in the summer of the Northern Hemisphere, usually in June and July. The adjustment was done to prevent excessive temperatures in Qatar, which may reach up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) during that time period. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 14 and 31 degrees Celsius throughout the competition (57F to 88F).

Squad lists have been expanded.

In November, participating teams will announce squads of up to 26 players, three more than were permitted during the World Cup 2022 in Russia. According to FIFA, the modification was decided owing to the tournament’s “unusual scheduling” in November and delays caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The preliminary World Cup roster list was also increased from 35 to 55 players.

Female officials

For the first time in men’s World Cup 2022 history, three women have been included among the 36 referees chosen for Qatar 2022.

Stephanie Frappart of France, Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, and Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda have all previously officiated in men’s tournaments such as the UEFA Super Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Having women referees in that nation is a big signal from FIFA and the government,” Frappart added. “I’m not a feminist speaker, but if this will bring about change…”

Three more women will be among the 69 assistant referees, joining them.

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The most ‘compact’ World Cup 2022 ever

Qatar will be the smallest nation to host FIFA’s showpiece event, with an area of little over 11,500 square kilometers (4,440 square miles) and a population of roughly 2.9 million. All eight stadiums are within a 50-kilometer (31-mile) radius of Doha, Qatar’s capital. Most days during the group stages will contain up to four games.

While Qatar and FIFA World Cup 2022 claim that the tournament’s “compact” structure would enable people to watch numerous matches per day, opponents worry that an inflow of more than 1.2 million people might cause considerable traffic congestion, making it more difficult for people to travel across the nation.

“Having four matches in a day is a difficulty in a city like Doha,” Abdulaziz Ali Al-Mawlawi, chairman of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, stated last month. “… Of course, we anticipate traffic congestion on the roads.”

Schools in Qatar will be closed during the World Cup, and workplace hours will be curtailed.

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