Tuesday, September 27, 2022

FIFA starts the World Cup till 20 November

GENEVA ( Associated Press) – FIFA has pushed the opening of the World Cup by a day, giving hosts Qatar only Sunday night to garner global attention.

Qatar will face Ecuador 101 days from now on November 20 in Doha. FIFA on Thursday formalized the change in date, which extends the duration of the first World Cup in the Middle East from 28 to 29 days.

The original plan was approved seven years ago, when it was decided to move the tournament from its traditional months of June and July to avoid the scorching desert heat in mid-summer.

The unexpected amendment received approval from the FIFA Council Bureau, which includes its president Gianni Infantino and the presidents of the six continental confederations. FIFA said the vote was unanimous.

The plans were revealed on Wednesday after several ticket sales periods for fans around the world from last year.

FIFA said it would try to “resolve any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.”

He said the change was supported by hosts in the gas- and oil-rich Emirates, CONMEBOL – South American football’s governing body – and the associations of the two teams involved.

Qatar will unveil the World Cup against Ecuador on November 20 at 7 pm local time after an opening ceremony on the 60,000-capacity Al Bayat Stadium pitch.

“The world will beat with #LaTri in the opening match of the @FIFAWorldCup!”, highlighted the Ecuadorian team on their official Twitter account.

Before the change, the first match was scheduled to be Netherlands-Senegal in Group A, completed by Qataris and Ecuadorians, starting at 1 pm local time on Monday. That game was now scheduled for 7 pm on the same day as Qatar-Ecuador’s planned one.

The clash between the teams ranked 49th and 44th respectively in the FIFA rankings was originally scheduled for 24 hours earlier on 21 November. It was established to define the groups and the calendar after the draw on 1 April in Doha.

In the original calendar, the opening ceremony was to take place before the meeting between Qatar and Ecuador, despite the fact that it was the third of the competition. Exactly an hour earlier, the second match of the day would have concluded between England and Iran.

It is unknown why Qatar’s first game was not originally scheduled as an opening day only one.

According to FIFA, the amendment allows the tradition to be maintained that the host country or the defending champions play the first game of the tournament.

World football’s governing body indicated that the loan period for players remains at the original date of 14 November.

They also noted that “ticket holders will receive an email notifying them of matches that have undergone changes” and that the venues “will remain valid for the new dates and times.”

FIFA in its letter this week recognized the “important value from a symbolic, cultural and commercial aspect” of holding the opening ceremony before the tournament’s first match with the participation of the host country.

According to Ricardo Forte, former marketing executive for two World Cup sponsors, Coca-Cola and Visa, the plans of some sponsors may be affected.

Fort described the last-minute change as “a big deal”.

“They (sponsors) confirmed the presence of guests at hospitality facilities, booked flights and hotels and contracted out all necessary logistics. Imagine changing all of that!” Forte wrote on his Twitter account.

The change in the opening match allows FIFA to follow the recent trend in which the host nation has got a special day to play in the first of the 64 matches of the tournament.

However, it is another case in which the tradition of the first World Cup to be played in the Middle East and the only one of 22 that will not take place in the boreal summer has been changed.

In 2015, FIFA reached an agreement with world football leaders to postpone the tournament, originally scheduled for the traditional months of June and July, when temperatures in Qatar often reach 45 °C.

Qatar resolved to stick to the normal football calendar and implement innovative stadium ventilation technology in 2009–10, when it successfully bid for a World Cup venue.

When FIFA acknowledged the inevitable need to postpone the World Cup for the colder months, a tough negotiation with Europe’s leagues and clubs led to a 2015 agreement on a shorter 28-day schedule to minimize the impact on fans. National football tournaments, which usually take place over the weekend; matches in November and December

European leagues such as the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A will disrupt their schedules after November 12 and 13, just seven days before the World Cup’s new start date.

The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, 18 December, Qatar’s National Day. Premier will be the first to resume its activity on 26 December.

While Sunday night’s opener in Qatar will look good for spectators in Asia and Europe, games in the eastern United States will begin at 11am.

This would put it in competition with pre-NFL matchup coverage.

The US team will play its first World Cup match against Wales on Monday night.

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