Three-quarters of the teams at the World Cup in Qatar this year will be based within a 10km (six miles) radius of each other, football’s world governing body has said while announcing the hotels and training venues for the 32 sides.
Unlike in previous tournaments, every team will stay in the same hotel and use the same training base throughout the tournament.
“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, FIFA’s Chief Operating Officer – World Cup.
The tournament, to be played across eight stadiums, starts on November 21 with the final taking place on December 18.
FIFA said the accommodation ranges “from four and five-star hotels to villas, resorts and non-hotel accommodation, including sports academy residences and school/university housing”.
“As with all of our World Cup projects, legacy planning has been a key factor and many of the training sites renovated and built will benefit local clubs and communities long after the tournament has finished. The new hotels will also support Qatar’s growing tourism industry post-2022,” Nasser al-Khater, Qatar 2022 CEO, said.
More than one million fans are expected to visit Qatar for the tournament.
Argentina: Qatar University Australia: Aspire Academy Belgium: Hilton Salwa Beach Resort Brazil: The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa Cameroon: Banyan Tree Doha Canada: Century Premier Hotel Lusail Costa Rica: dusitD2 Salwa Croatia: Hilton Doha Denmark: Retaj Salwa Resort Ecuador: Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha England: Souq Al Wakra Hotel France: Al Messila Germany: Zulal Wellness Resort Ghana: Double Tree by Hilton Doha Iran: Al Rayyan Hotel Doha Curio Collection by Hilton Japan: Radisson Blu Mexico: Simaisma Morocco: Wyndham Doha West Bay Poland: Ezdan Palace Hotel Portugal: Al Samriya Autograph Collection Hotel Qatar: Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Saudi Arabia: Sealine Beach Senegal: Duhail Handball Sports Hall Serbia: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha Spain: Qatar University South Korea: Le Meridien City Centre Switzerland: Le Royal Meridien Tunisia: Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach Wales: Delta Hotels City Centre Uruguay: Pullman Doha West Bay USA: Marsa Malaz Kempinski