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With less than 100 days to go until the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar, 2.45 million tickets were sold to fans. As a result, there are still more than 500,000 seats available for car owners. The cheapest ticket for fans outside Qatar is 250 riyals ($69). Fans will need to purchase confirmed tickets through the tournament’s official website in order to reserve seats in Qatar.
According to the list published by FIFA, the top 10 countries with residents’ box office rankings are Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Argentina, Brazil and Germany.
According to official figures, the most watched games are: Cameroon vs Brazil, Brazil vs Serbia, Portugal vs Uruguay, Costa Rica vs Germany and Australia vs Denmark.
On November 20, 64 games will be played in 8 stadiums in and around Doha, with a total capacity of around 3 million tickets. In total, around 2 million tickets were sold, of which 1 million were allocated to FIFA stakeholders such as member federations, sponsors and broadcasters, as well as entertainment programmes.
Earlier, FIFA said it had received 3 million requests for tickets to the World Cup final on December 18 at the new 80,000-seat Lussel Stadium. Ticket sales are currently on hold as Fifa promises to update final sales during the match by the end of September.
Yesterday, a representative of a large enterprise (who regularly purchases copyright packages for many large-scale events in Vietnam) shared with Youth Daily: “We are temporarily suspending negotiations and if prices don’t come down, we may stop raising our intention to buy the 2022 World Cup TV rights. We have also weighed and recalculated our finances to see if we are trying to make a big loss. Very heavy, Because even sharing that $15 million with some other units in the country, there is no way to make a profit. And our plan for the future is to have a lot of prizes to buy. Can’t take a chance”.
A few other businesses have also officially shaken their heads and are no longer pursuing the deal. Vietnam Television (VTV) has so far made no new moves after announcing not long ago that it would give up buying the rights to broadcast the 2022 World Cup if the price exceeds its financial means.
According to Channel News Asia (CNA), three units including Mediacorp, Singtel and StarHub are negotiating with FIFA over the rights to broadcast the 2022 World Cup on Singaporean soil.
Singapore is likely to be the next country in Southeast Asia to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To date, many countries in the region have rights to broadcast matches, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Timor-Leste or Brunei. Meanwhile, Vietnam still does not own the rights to the quadrennial football competition.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa said Malaysia Television (RTM) will broadcast 41 games for free. The race will be broadcast on 3 channels TV2, TV Okey, Sukan RTM and live via RTM Klik. He also said the RTM would incur a cost of RM32.5 million (US$7.3 million), but hoped that private and government-affiliated companies would be involved.
In Indonesia, Emtek Media Group acquired the rights. The broadcaster will broadcast the game through free-to-air terrestrial television channels SCTV, Indosiar, O Channel and Mentari TV; Champions TV sports pay-TV channel and Vidio streaming platform.
The Philippines’ TAP Digital Media Ventures is the rights holder for the country’s 2022 World Cup. The game will be broadcast on the pay-per-view WC TV channel. Consumers will be able to watch all games live with an “unlimited access pass” priced at 1,999 pesos ($36).
The FIFA Executive Committee has approved and announced an increase in the number of national team players for the World Cup in Qatar in November from 23 to 26 – the same applies to Euro 2020. The 28 players were also allowed to register for the Americas last Cup year and the African Cup of Nations in January.
The decision is intended to provide teams with more flexibility based on the specific schedule of the event for the first time in history and the context related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are all the changes FIFA has made:
The change in squad size will bring a total of 96 players to the World Cup. Most of the extra players are likely to come from European clubs, whose domestic seasons must be suspended on November 13 to host the first World Cup in the northern hemisphere winter. Instead of the usual two-week prep period, teams will gather a week before games.
More than a million tourists are expected to flock to the tiny Gulf nation to enjoy the biggest football tournament on the planet. Getting fans around the city and between eight stadiums is seen as one of the biggest challenges.
Qatar has tested 1,300 buses on the streets of Doha to test its ability to operate one of the country’s most well-prepared transport networks for international events. In the first test, organizers simulated the schedule for the busiest day of the World Cup in 2022, when around 300,000 fans could be in Doha at the same time.
Hundreds of buses are already on trial runs at stadiums, subway stations and pick-up and drop-off locations during the sweltering summer months. At Al Wakra metro station on the outskirts of Doha, more than 1,000 Mowasalat drivers pretending to be fans wait to be transported to Al Janoub Stadium, 5km away.
The driverless bus traveled 25km to the nearest Lusail city station, simulating conditions for taking fans to the England v USA game, and even returning after midnight as a late night match for Group B.
At present, Mowasalat has purchased more than 3,000 cars and more than 4,000 buses are expected to operate on the streets in preparation for the World Cup. The company also doubled the number of drivers to 14,000 and trained drivers to avoid road hazards and respond to annoying fans. In addition, each bus is equipped with five security cameras to monitor troublemakers.
After the race, old cars will be donated, and part of the World Cup’s legacy is that Qatar will become one of the first countries in the world to have an all-electric public transport service.