The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14th in Moscow, Russia. It will be held from June 14th to July 15th, and it will be the 21st World Cup tournament since the first one was played back in 1930. This is the first time that Qatar has hosted this event, so there's a lot of excitement surrounding what promises to be an exciting event for soccer fans everywhere. However, there are also some concerns about how workers and fans are treated during the tournament—and they're not just coming from groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Here's everything you need to know about how Qatar plans to host its first ever World Cup:
There will also be a lot of attention on how fans are treated at stadiums.
There will also be a lot of attention on how fans are treated at stadiums. The tournament has been criticized for not having enough female reporters and commentators, but an even bigger concern has been the treatment of fans by stadium security.
In Brazil's World Cup opener against Switzerland, there was controversy when police sprayed tear gas into the crowd to break up protests in Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena as fans tried to protest high ticket prices by raising banners that read "FIFA go home."
In response, FIFA said they would take measures to prevent such incidents from happening again during the tournament.
However, less than two weeks later, there was another incident at the same stadium when police used tear gas to clear the stands after fans threw objects onto the field.
Qatar says it expects around 1.5 million football fans to travel to the country for the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar expects around 1.5 million football fans to travel to the country for the 2022 World Cup. The news was made public in a statement on Thursday by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL).
"We are preparing for an influx of tourists that will be double what we had during the last Asian Games, which was in Doha four years ago," said SCDL secretary-general Hassan al Thawadi.
"We expect there will be an increase in demand for hotels and restaurants."
But there are concerns over workers' rights and living conditions in the country.
You might have heard of Qatar, the tiny country that will host the 2022 soccer World Cup. It’s a small place with fewer than 3 million people, but it has a big reputation for human rights abuses, exploitation of migrant workers, and political repression.
While many countries are still celebrating the news that their country was selected as a World Cup venue (and perhaps are looking forward to hosting some of those visitors), Qatar is facing criticism over its treatment of all those who live and work there: migrant laborers who comprise more than 90% of the population. These workers are often forced into debt bondage by unscrupulous recruiters and then kept in near servitude by employers in order to pay off their debts—a practice known as kafala.
Some reports suggest that up to 4,000 migrant workers may die during construction related to hosting the 2022 edition of FIFA's global soccer tournament—and this number could be even higher if you include fatalities from extreme heat exposure during summers in Doha (when temperatures can reach 120°F).
Attention needs to be paid to how fans and workers are treated during the World Cup in Qatar.
The first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, Qatar 2022 will take place during summer months. While it's been reported that temperatures will not be as severe during this time of year, FIFA has still stated that the tournament is "a hot event and we have to respect that."
The tournament will be held in eight different stadiums across the country: Al-Bayt Stadium (Al Khor), Al-Gharafa Stadium (Al Gharafa), Khalifa International Stadium (Doha), Ras Abu Aboud Stadium (Ras Abu Aboud), Al Thumama Stadium (Al Thumama), Lekhwiya Sports Club Stadium (Lekhwiya City), Doha Port Stadium and Qatar University Sport Field.
It is important to remember that these matches are just the beginning of a long process. However, they are an important step towards what could be one of the most exciting World Cups ever. The tournament also marks another milestone in Qatar's history as its first hosting of such an event.