2026 FIFA show team derive Qatar 2022 lessons


Knowledge transfer from Qatar to the US Image: Qatar 2022

A delegation from Qatar shared key lessons learned from the successful staging of the FIFA World Cup™ with the 2026 host nations.

‘Qatar 2022’ stated that senior executives from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) and FIFA attended a knowledge transfer event in Miami (US) with counterparts from the United States, Canada and Mexico to outline tournament preparations and delivery.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ was the 22nd FIFA World Cup™, the quadrennial world championship for national football teams organized by FIFA. It took place in Qatar from November 20th to December 18th, 2022 after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2010.

Established in 2011 by the State of Qatar, Doha (Qatar)-based the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure and host country planning and operations for Qatar to host an amazing and historic 2022 FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Middle East, Asia, and the world.

In early 2019, Qatar and FIFA announced the launch of a new joint venture to organize the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the first to be held in the Arab World. Doha (Qatar)-based the ‘FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC’ was the body responsible for the planning and delivery of the tournament. This legal entity benefited from the knowledge Qatar had built up since winning the bid in 2010 and FIFA’s extensive tournament delivery expertise.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based the Fédération internationale de football association (FIFA) is the international governing body of association football, beach soccer and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup™, the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship contested by the national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. It will be hosted jointly by Mexico, United States and Canada, and will be held from June 11th-July 19th, 2026. The FIFA spectacle will be held in 16 Host Cities across the US, Canada and Mexico.

‘Qatar 2022’ further stated that in November and December last year, Qatar hosted the most compact edition of the FIFA World Cup™ in modern history. All eight stadiums were within an hour’s drive of Central Doha, with fans having the chance to attend more than one match per day during the early stages of the tournament. The average attendance topped 53,000, with Qatar hosting more than 1.4 million fans during the 29-day event. Argentina won the tournament after arguably the greatest final in history, with Lionel Messi lifting the trophy at the Lusail Stadium after a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over France in front of 88,966 fans.

The Lusail Stadium is a football stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Owned by the Qatar Football Association, it is the largest stadium in Qatar and the Middle East by capacity and one of eight stadiums built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, and subsequently hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game between Argentina and France on December 18th, 2022. It is currently the second largest stadium in Asia but eventually will reduce its current capacity of 88,966 to 40,000 in the near future.

A host of important subjects were covered during the opening day of the workshop, including key learnings, pitch management, overlay, infrastructure, accommodation, transportation, logistics, guest management, workforce and volunteers, arrivals and departures, and team facilities. On Day Two, delegates discussed the last mile operation near stadiums, dressing and signage, the FIFA Fan Festival™, IT solutions, safety and security, ticketing and hospitality, media and broadcast operations, and workers’ welfare.

Said Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, Director General, SC, “It was a pleasure to share important lessons learned from Qatar 2022 with our counterparts in the US, Canada and Mexico ahead of 2026. We are very proud to have hosted an incredibly successful tournament, which was the first edition in the Middle East and the Arab world. Our colleagues were particularly keen to hear about the fan experience, volunteering, transportation and media, and broadcast operations – areas we excelled in during Qatar 2022. We would like to thank the United 2026 organizers and FIFA for organizing this event and wish them the very best of luck in hosting yet another memorable edition of the FIFA World Cup™ in just over three years’ time.”

Added Nasser Al Khater, head honcho, Q22, “The dust has only just settled on what was a remarkable tournament for football fans in Qatar, the Arab world and globally. There were much key learning from the tournament during the 12 years of build-up and we were happy to share our experiences with the next host nations, who between them will deliver the first 48-team FIFA World Cup™ in history. We look forward to following their progress over the next few years and attending what is sure to be an exciting edition of the tournament.”

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