2022 World Cup: See Beautiful Pictures Of Fans Arriving Doha

Fans from all over the world dressed in costumes and traditional dress at Katara Cultural Village [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

With less than 24 hours to go before the World Cup 2022 officially kicks off,  Vantage News has learned some firsts for the tournament.

Kickoff for the men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup opening match takes place on November 20, almost 12 years since the day Qatar was awarded hosting rights for the tournament.

The event will feature 32 teams and attract more than 1.2 million visitors to Qatar.

Note also, that Qatar has become the first country in the Middle East to host football’s biggest tournament.

Latest rules at World Cup 2022

Offside technology
In July, football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced the use of a semiautomated offside system at the World Cup to help make fast and accurate offside calls.

Substitutions
Teams will be allowed five substitutions in each game as opposed to three from the previous World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Female referees
For the first time at the men’s World Cup, three women have been included among the 36 referees selected for Qatar 2022.

France’s Stephanie Frappart, Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita and Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga have all previously officiated at a men’s tournament, including the UEFA Super Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Offside technology
In July, football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced the use of a semi-automated offside system at the World Cup to help make fast and accurate offside calls.

According to the governing body’s rules, a player is in an offside position if “any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent”.

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The technology uses a sensor in the ball and a limb-tracking camera system to follow the movements of players. To help fans and viewers at home understand the referee’s decision, the data will be used to project 3D images on stadium screens.

2022 World Cup: See Beautiful Pictures Of Fans Arriving Doha - Vantage News Nigeria
A football fan with an Egypt flag wrapped around this neck holding the flags of Brazil and Morocco in Katara Cultural Village on November 19 2022 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

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