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Majority of Qatar World Cup teams to be based within 10km radius

28 July 2022

Three quarters of the teams at the World Cup finals in Qatar will be based within a 10km radius of each other, FIFA said, when announcing the training and hotel venues for the 31 national sides.

Unlike in the past, all teams will stay in the same hotel and will use the same training base all through the tournament, including carrying out the sessions the day before matches at their camps rather than the stadiums.

FIFA said 24 out of 32 teams are based within short driving distance of each other and close to Doha.

"Players will have more time to train and rest during the competition, while being able to experience the excitement that will take over the country at much closer quarters, as fellow players and passionate fans from all 32 nations will be gathering in a single area”, said Colin Smith, the Chief Operating Officer of FIFA, World Cup.

The tournament will begin on 21st November and will run until the final on 18th December, and will be played at eight venues.

Teams can check-in to their hotels and training camps at least five days prior to beginning of the first match.

According to FIFA, the accommodation ranges from four and five-star hotels to resorts, villas, non-hotel accommodations, including residences, sports academy, and school / university housing.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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