With less than two years before the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™, two stadiums destined to host the premier event of world football are about to be discovered by the whole world on the occasion of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™. The two speakers in question are Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City.
Champion clubs from five of the six continental confederations, together with the winners of the last Qatar Stars League, namely Al Duhail SC, will compete to determine the best club in the world, in a competition that will consist of a total of seven matches. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will take place from February 4 to 11, two months after the period initially selected.
Auckland City, which had been nominated to represent Oceania at Qatar 2020, has withdrawn from the competition due to COVID-19-related quarantine measures put in place by New Zealand authorities. The tournament will be a great opportunity for Qatar to test the degree of preparation of these two stadiums, in particular Ahmad Bin Ali, which was inaugurated on December 18 on the occasion of the final of the 48th Amir Cup between Al Sadd SC and Al Arabi SC.
The competition will also showcase the compact nature of Qatar. Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City are indeed close to each other, as are accommodation and tourist sites across the country. The arenas are easily accessible by the Doha Metro Green Line, with stations located within a short walking distance of each stadium. The tournament will offer a smooth experience for players, fans and officials, and will serve as a preview of what supporters will be entitled to expect when hosting the World Cup. of FIFA hosted by Qatar in the Middle East and the Arab World in 2022.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Newly inaugurated, Ahmad Bin Ali is the fourth stadium to be completed for Qatar 2022. It will host three matches of the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, starting on February 4 with the second round confrontation between the supporters of CONCACAF Champions League, Tigres UANL, and AFC Champions League winners, Ulsan Hyundai. There will also be the play-off for fifth place on February 7, as well as the second semi-final on February 8 between European giants Bayern Munich and the winner of the second round match between Al Duhail and Al Ahly.
Located 22 kilometers from downtown Doha, the 40,000-seat stadium is accessible by car, taxi and public transport. Al Riffa station, on the Doha Metro Green Line, can be reached on foot. The arena is surrounded by a bustling shopping center, the Mall of Qatar, and a host of public facilities, including football pitches which are regularly used by Qatar Community Football teams. League.
During Qatar 2022, Ahmad Bin Ali will host seven matches until the round of 16 of the event. After the competition, the stadium will become the home of Qatari team Al Rayyan SC.
Education City Stadium
Opened last June, Education City is the third stadium to be completed for Qatar 2022. It will play a leading role for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020, having hosted several matches of the Champions League in Qatar. AFC 2020. With a capacity of 40,000 seats, it will be the scene of four matches in three days. The second round match between Al Duhail (host of the competition) and the winners of the CAF Champions League, Al Ahly, will be played there on February 4; on February 7, the first semi-final of the event, between the winner of the Copa Libertadores and that of the second round match between Tigres UANL and Ulsan Hyundai; and finally on February 11, the last day of the tournament, the match for third place and the final.
Located 13 kilometers from downtown Doha and at the heart of the Qatar Foundation, a hub of activities dedicated to knowledge and innovation, the stadium is accessible from the Doha Metro Green Line and can be reached on foot from Education City station. It will host eight matches until the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022. Education City, the “Diamond of the Desert”, became the first stadium in the tournament to earn the five-star GSAS environmental sustainability certificate.