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The 22nd FIFA World Cup Finals were awarded to Qatar on 2 December 2010.

In October 2007, FIFA ended its continental rotation policy. The bidding farce to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. During the process, all non-European nations gradually withdrew from the 2018 bid, thus making UEFA nations ineligible for the 2022 bid.
In the end, there were five bids for the 2022 World Cup: Australia, Japan, Qatar, Korea Republic and United States.

Australia were eliminated in the first round after receiving just one vote. Japan were then eliminated from the next round after receiving two votes, one less than they received in the first round. Korea Republic were then eliminated in Round Three, leaving the United States and Qatar to battle it out in the final, after failing to receive the majority twelve votes. Qatar then won by fourteen votes to eight.

Due to Qatar's intense summer heat, this tournament will be held from late-November to mid-December, making it the first to not be held in the summer, in a reduced timeframe of 28 days.


The Draw

The final draw for the 2022 World Cup will be in on 1 April 2022.

Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Qatar Mexico Senegal Cameroon
Brazil Netherlands Iran Canada
Belgium Denmark Japan Ecuador
France Germany Morocco Saudi Arabia
Argentina Uruguay Serbia Ghana
England Switzerland Poland UEFA Play-off A
Spain United States Korea Republic AFC/Conmebol
Portugal Croatia Tunisia Concacaf/OFC


The Build-Up

1 April - Conducted by England's own Jermaine Jenas, the draw is made in Qatar. England are drawn in Group B by Cafu.

14 November -
With no fresh injury concerns over the final week of league games across Europe, the players arrived at St George's Park for a recovery session.

15 November - Following a ceremony in which HRH Prince William presented each player with their squad number, the England party flew to Qatar on a plane named Rain Bow. They were welcomed by 200 fans as they checked in at the five-star Souq Al Wakra Hotel, half an hour from the centre of Doha, on the shore of the Arabian Gulf.

"[Kieran] Trippier has such belief in Southgate, Holland and the squad that he is not afraid to back England to win the World Cup. "We shouldn't be going into a tournament scared of saying we want to win it," he adds. "We should go there with that mindset to win the tournament and don't be afraid to say it. We want to go one step further to actually win a tournament. We all feel confident as a group, we've got a fantastic 26-man squad, unbelievable talent in there, a mixture of experience and youth." - The Times

16 November - All 26 players trained for the first time at the Al Wakrah Sports Club, a mile and a half from the hotel, where they began with a yoga-style stretching session in the courtyard. Kyle Walker said that his recent groin injury meant that he would not be available until after the first game. The squad were entertained by a cabaret jazz singer in the evening.

17 November - 
25 of the 26 players trained at midday in 32 degrees celsius heat in an attempt to acclimatise to the conditions. James Maddison is the missing player due to "load management" and "a slight knee problem".

18 November - James Maddison was again the only member of the squad not in full training, instead completing a solo indoor session as he struggled to overcome his knee injury.

19 November - The squad trained at 4.00pm to match the opening game's kick-off time. Southgate confirmed that Maddison and Walker would miss the match.

20 November - Gareth Southgate was keen to stress the quality of his squad when he said, "Maybe we've made the impossible just look possible".

"We should be competitive for the next six, eight years with this group...We've got to make sure we know what our intent is, what our mindset is...There is a lot of negativity around the tournament and I want them to understand the unique honour of representing England at a major tournament." - The Times


First Phase Table
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts  
England 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 7 0
United States 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 5
Iran 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 3 6
Wales 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1 5 1
21 November 2022 - all AST
4.00pm - England 6 Iran 2 [3-0]
Istād Khalīfah, Al Rayyan (45,334)
Bellingham, Saka (2), Sterling, Rashford, Grealish
Taremi (2 (1 pen)
10.00pm - United States 1 Wales 1 [1-0]
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (43,418)
Bale (pen)

"...England were relentless...
"Iran...were simply outclassed.
"Southgate...got the starting XI right, the tactics right and the substitutions right.
"...a great collective performance spiced with fine individual displays."
- The Times, 22 November 2022

"England took everything that has been said about them in the build-up to the World Cup and trashed it in the opening game.
"MAN OF THE MATCH: Jude Bellingham 9/10 - Absolutely delighted to score and it was no more than he deserved as one of the more influential players."
- Daily Express, 22 November 2022

"...dizzyingly good. Confidence suddenly goes through the roof. But so does expectation." englandfootball.org

"Gareth Southgate, despite that bit of disappointment at the end, will be full of smiles, bursting with pride...a job not just well done, but brilliantly done." - Guy Mowbray, BBC commentator

"I'm a bit fed up with the end of it, really...We shouldn't be conceding two goals a game... I'm a miserable so-and-so, I should be more excited, but I've got to keep the team on the right track, and we will have to be better." - Gareth Southgate

25 November 2022
1.00pm - Wales 0 Iran 2 [0-0]
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (40,875)
Cheshmi, Rezaeian
Wayne Hennessey
10.00pm - England 0 United States 0 [0-0]
Āstād āl-Bayt, Al Khawr (68,463)

"England fans showed their disappointment at a passionless, directionless display by booing loudly at the final whistle.
"The attack simply could not get going, which was mainly down to the resilience and shrewd positioning of the US defence.
"England did not deserve a goal. They were too sluggish."
- The Times, 26 November 2022

"Maguire...regularly rescuing England with timely, powerful headers.
"After the exuberance of Monday, it was just galling to see such mediocrity.
"MAN OF THE MATCH: Harry Maguire 7/10 - Confidence still growing as he hits his 50th cap and one jinking run dazzled. His sound heading was vital."
- Daily Express, 26 November 2022

"Gareth Southgate's side were second best for long periods as they failed to match the energy and intensity of the USA...
"England are still almost certain to qualify but this was a jarring reality check."
- bbc.co.uk

"England were too often second to the ball, and when we did have possession, there was little creativity shown in the forward passing...
"Sterling, Saka, Bellingham and Mount just couldn't deal with the continual harrying of the talented American side.
- Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

"Certainly, this point is better for England than it is for the US, but the confident mood that built up in despatching Iran may well have been punctured after tonight...It is disappointing, but it's not defining..." - Sam Matterface, ITV commentator

"We lacked a little bit of 'zip' in the final third tonight and a little bit of quality on that final ball.
"We have to stay calm in these tournaments. We've been through this before but we're on track."
- Gareth Southgate

29 November 2022 - both 10.00pm
Wales 0 England 3 [0-0]
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (44,297)
Rashford (2), Foden
Iran 0 United States 1 [0-1]
Mal'ab ath-Thumāma Stadium, ad-Dōha (42,127)

"The quality in the England ranks was seen most spectacularly in that unforgettable six minutes after the break.
"Jude Bellingham was celebrating even before Foden had made contact.
"Rashford...departed to huge cheers from England fans for a superb 75 minutes."
- The Times, 30 November 2022

"...Phil Foden finally began to make his presence felt on the worldwide stage.
"...ultimately it was Rashford who proved unplayable.
"...a new-look England who can stride with confidence at last into the knockout stages.
"MAN OF THE MATCH: Marcus Rashford 9/10 - England's outstanding player. Always looking to do something different and was simply too good for Wales."
- Daily Express, 30 November 2022

"England totally dominated proceedings, although not without a turgid opening half." - Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

"Rashford was always supposed to light up a World Cup. That World Cup has arrived." - englandfootball.org

"England's win, made in Manchester..." - Guy Mowbray, BBC commentator

"I thought we kept our discipline and quality right the way 'til the end." - Gareth Southgate

The Second Phase

3 December 2022
6.00pm - Netherlands 3 United States 1 [2-0]
Istād Khalīfah, Al Rayyan (44,846)
Depay, Blind, Dumfries
10.00pm - Argentina 2 Australia 1 [1-0]
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (45,032)
Messi, Alvarez
Fernandez OG
4 December 2022
6.00pm - France 3 Poland 1 [1-0]
Mal'ab ath-Thumāma Stadium, ad-Dōha (40,989)
Giroud, Mbappé (2)
Lewandowski (pen)
10.00pm - England 3 Senegal 0 [2-0]
Āstād āl-Bayt, Al Khawr (65,985)
Henderson, Kane, Saka

"Senegal simply could not cope with Bellingham's energy through the middle, his touch and athleticism and pass selection. For one so young, his decision-making is so mature.
"It is not simply the quality that Southgate has at his disposal, but the quantity."
- The Times, 5 December 2022

"MAN OF THE MATCH: Jude Bellingham 9/10 - Energy and athleticism to match Senegal on his own and this guy also possesses the skill to make it pay." - Daily Express, 5 December 2022

"...better equipped defensively, calmer and more composed, and boasting a sharper cutting edge in attack." - World Soccer

"England took a while to move through the gears...but when they clicked they showed a level of creation that...makes them genuine contenders for this World Cup." - bbc.co.uk

"You trust England to do what they need to do once ahead. That couldn't be said about England teams of the past...
"England have matured. They've become tournament heavyweights."
- englandfootball.org

"He has done it again! Gareth Southgate stands steadfast and looks headlong into a lot of criticism, but this is an eighth proper knockout game and he hasn't lost one yet in ninety minutes. It wasn't always like this, you know, but it's something we are pretty happily getting used to." - Sam Matterface, ITV commentator

"His [Jordan Henderson's] leadership and the quality of his performance was outstanding...He keeps the standards high and he's an outstanding individual..." - Gareth Southgate

5 December 2022
6.00pm - Japan 1 Croatia 1 [1-0]ᴭᵀ
1-3 on penalty-kicks
Al Janoub Stadium, Al-Wakrah (42,523)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Takumi Minamino saved 0-0, Nikola Vlašić 0-1, Kaoru Mitoma saved 0-1, Marcelo Brozović 0-2, Takuma Asano 1-2, Marko Livaja post 1-2, Maya Yoshida saved, Mario Pašalić 1-3.
10.00pm - Brazil 4 Korean Republic 1 [4-0]
'Istād 974, Ra's Abū 'Abbūd (43,847)
Vinícius Júnior, Neymar (pen), Richarlison, Lucas Paquetá
Paik Seung-ho
6 December 2022
6.00pm - Morocco 0 Spain 0 [0-0]ᴭᵀ
3-0 on penalty-kicks
Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (44,667)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Abdelhamid Sabiri 1-0, Pablo Sarabia post 1-0, Hakim Ziyech 2-0, Carlos Soler saved 2-0, Badr Benoun saved 2-0, Sergio 2-0 saved, Achraf Hakimi 3-0.
10.00pm - Portugal 6 Switzerland 1 [2-0]
Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (83,720)
Gonçalo Ramos (3), Pepe, Guerreiro, Rafeal Leão

Round of sixteen

Quarter Finals

9 December 2022
6.00pm - Croatia 1 Brazil 1 [0-0]ᴭᵀ
4-2 on penalty-kicks
Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (43,893)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Nikola Vlašić 1-0, Rodrygo 1-0 saved, Lovro Majer 2-0, Casemiro 2-1, Luka Modrić 3-1, Pedro 3-2, Mislav Oršić 4-2, Marquinhos 4-2 post.
10.00pm - Netherlands 2 Argentina 2 [0-1]ᴭᵀ
3-4 on penalty-kicks

Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (88,235)
Weghorst (2)
Molina, Messi (pen)
Denzel Dumfries
Penalty Shoot-out:- Virgil van Dijk 0-0, Lionel Messi 0-1, Steven Berghuis 0-1 Leandro Paredes 0-2, Teen Koopmeiners 1-2, Gonzalo Montiel 1-3, Wout Weghorst 2-3, Enzo Fernandez 2-3 missed, Luuk de Jong 3-3, Lautaro Martinez 3-4.
10 December 2022
6.00pm - Morocco 1 Portugal 0 [1-0]
Mal'ab ath-Thumāma Stadium, ad-Dōha (44,198)
Walid Chadira
10.00pm - France 2 England 1 [1-0]
Āstād āl-Bayt, Al Khawr (68,895)
Tchouaméni, Giroud
Kane (pen)

"Gareth Southgate's men outplayed the reigning world champions for long periods...
"...it was England's left flank that the French were able to unpick in the early stages as Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann gave Luke Shaw a torrid time.
"When Harry Maguire skimmed the post with a glancing header...the French were clinging on.
"MAN OF THE MATCH: Bukayo Saka 9/10 - Sensational. Came of age in this World Cup. His best night."
- Sunday People, 11 December 2022

"Why did England go so quietly into the desert night? The odd bleat about a poor referee apart, England's departure was all headshakes, handshakes, a few tears, but apparent acceptance.
"...ruthlessness when it mattered was absent."
- The Times, 12 December 2022

"While the ever-enterprising Three Lions dominated proceedings for long periods, it was the French who owned the key moments of the game..." - World Soccer

"There was a palpable sense of disbelief  around the stadium as this most reliable of penalty-takers fired his spot-kick horribly high into England's fans behind the goal." - bbc.co.uk

"...you make your own luck in football, and that is something England must learn." - Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

"It's another night where things didn't quite go their way and it is another evening of heartache." - Sam Matterface, ITV commentator

"I've found large parts of the last 18 months difficult...What's been said and what's been written...there's lots of things in my head that's really conflicted at the moment.
"I'm not sure what more we could have done or given."
- Gareth Southgate

"Tonight he got everything spot on...The tactics were right. We played the right way, we were aggressive and we stopped Mbappé, who was quiet. It was two goals against the run of play and that's not down to the manager, it's up to us on the pitch." - Declan Rice

Semi Finals

13 December 2022
Argentina 3 Croatia 0 [2-0]
Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (88,966)
Messi (pen), Álvarez (2)
14 December 2022
France 2 Morocco 0 [1-0]
Āstād āl-Bayt, Al Khawr (68,294)
Hernandez, Kolo Muani


Third Place Play-off

17 December 2022
Croatia 2 Morocco 1 [2-1]
Istād Khalīfah, Al Rayyan (44,137)
Gavardiol, Oršić


The 2022 Final

18 December 2022
Argentina 3 France 3 [2-0]ᴭᵀ
4-2 on penalty-kicks
Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (88,966)
Messi (2 (1pen)), Di Maria
Mbappé (3 (2pens))
Penalty Shoot-out:- Kylian Mbappé 0-1, Lionel Messi 1-1, Kingsley Coman 1-1, Paulo Dybala 2-1, Aurélien Tchouaméni 2-1, Leandro Parades 3-1, Randal Kolo Muani 3-2, Gonzalo Montiel 4-2.