2022 World Cup: security, logistics, offside... the 32 qualifiers gathered in Qatar to prepare for the World Cup

2022 World Cup: security, logistics, offside… the 32 qualifiers gathered in Qatar to prepare for the World Cup

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For two days from Monday, the teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup are gathered in Doha (Qatar) for a major seminar organized by Fifa. Discussions on security, organization, logistics… and the “semi-automatic” offside are announced on the program.

It is within the St. Regis hotel in Doha that the representatives of the 32 teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18), participate from Monday in a workshop of Fifa, body organizer, to fine-tune the final preparations for the World Cup. More than 250 officials are expected at the venue for the future competition. Coaches, doctors and leaders of federations in the fields of security, logistics and marketing will be present under the 45 degrees of the Qatari capital during the day.

“The final adjustments before the World Cup are being made at this very moment, confides a member of the supreme committee, the body in charge of the design of the World Cup. It is also an opportunity for the teams to visit their hotels which they will keep for the duration of the tournament. The event should also allow you to exchange some advice with the other delegations. They need to ask all their questions!” For example, a workshop between the medical representatives of the qualified teams will be organized in a World Cup stadium.

Three major changed themes

This kind of meeting is more administrative than sporting but still important to avoid the bad experience of Euro 2021 (organized by UEFA, editor’s note). Compared to other competitions, three important elements will radically change the preparations of the teams during this 2022 World Cup. First, security. Qatar is considered an “ultra-secure” country with sites spread over a few kilometers. This clearly modifies the security issues around the selections.

Another important point is logistics. The teams will stay in the same hotel for several weeks, and will not have to travel before matches. The logistics will therefore be greatly facilitated. Only trip to plan: training (many training stadiums are not next to hotels) and matches.

Finally, the last theme that joins logistics: that of travel. Usually, the selections cover several thousand kilometers during a World Cup, as in Russia or Brazil in 2014. “With the lack of preparation for the players before this World Cup, not moving between matches, having time for recovery, will be very appreciable, continues this member of the supreme committee. We will also have to see the time and the heat for the management of the workforce. Other members also point to an important element: the occupation of the players during quieter moments in a very small city like Doha. On this point, the Blues in their hotel “Al-Messila” will be rather well housed, a magnificent green space of more than one hectare will allow you to change your mind between meetings.

The “semi-automatic” offside presented to the delegations

This is the high point of these two days of seminar. One of the main themes of this event organized in Doha. Announced this week by Fifa, semi-automated offside technology will be used for the first time at the World Cup.

All the details on the configuration of this technology as well as that of the connected ball will be presented to the teams qualified for the World Cup, announced Fifa. The opportunity for the coaches present, as well as their staff, to better understand this novelty in detail. Coaches who will then not set foot on Qatari soil until next November, a few days before the start of the World Cup.

Nicolas Pelletier, in Doha

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