With lower than two years to go earlier than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ takes place, two event venues can be given a world showcase when Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City stage the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™.
The membership champions from 5 of soccer’s six continental confederations, together with Qatar Stars League holders Al Duhail SC, will contest seven matches to decide the finest membership facet in the world. The event will happen from 4-11 February – two months later than deliberate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auckland City, who had been nominated to characterize the Oceania area at Qatar 2020, withdrew from the competitors due to COVID-19 quarantine measures required by authorities in New Zealand. The event will present a contemporary alternative for Qatar to take a look at the readiness of those two venues, particularly Ahmad Bin Ali, which was inaugurated on 18 December when it hosted the forty eighth Amir Cup remaining between Al Sadd SC and Al Arabi SC.
In addition, the event will spotlight Qatar’s compact nature. Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City are inside shut proximity of each other, together with lodging and vacationer websites all through the nation. They are additionally simply accessible by way of the Doha Metro Green Line, with stations inside strolling distance of every stadium. As nicely as providing a seamless expertise for gamers, followers and officers, the event gives a preview of what followers can count on when Qatar hosts the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world in 2022.
Here, we take a more in-depth take a look at the two stadiums which is able to host matches throughout the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Recently unveiled as the fourth event-ready venue for Qatar 2022, Ahmad Bin Ali will host three matches at the FIFA Club World Cup 2020, beginning with a second-spherical match between CONCACAF Champions League holders Tigres UANL and AFC Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai on 4 February. The venue will even stage the competitors’s fifth-place play-off on 7 February earlier than enjoying host to the second semi-remaining between European giants Bayern Munich and the winner of the Al Duhail vs Al Ahly second-spherical match on 8 February.
Located 22km from Doha metropolis centre, the 40,000-capability stadium is accessible by automobile, taxi and public transport. Al Riffa Station – on the Doha Metro Green Line – is positioned inside strolling distance of the venue. The stadium lies adjoining to the bustling Mall of Qatar and is surrounded by a variety of group services, together with soccer pitches that are commonly utilized by groups from the Qatar Community Football League.
During Qatar 2022, Ahmad Bin Ali will host seven matches up to the spherical of 16 stage. After the event, the stadium will change into the new dwelling of well-liked Qatari facet Al Rayyan SC.
Education City Stadium
Inaugurated final June as the third event-ready venue for Qatar 2022, Education City will play a distinguished function throughout the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 after internet hosting various matches throughout the 2020 AFC Champions League. Education City – capability 40,000 – will host 4 matches over three match days, together with the remaining. This will embrace a second-spherical match between host membership Al Duhail and CAF Champions League holders Al Ahly on 4 February, the competitors’s first semi-remaining, that includes the winner of the Copa Libertadores and the winner of the Tigres UANL vs Ulsan Hyundai second-spherical match, on 7 February and the remaining matchday on 11 February, when the third-place play-off and remaining are contested.
Located 13km from Doha metropolis centre and at the coronary heart of Qatar Foundation – a vibrant centre for information and innovation – the stadium is accessible from the Doha Metro Green Line, with Education City Station located inside strolling distance of the venue. Set to host eight matches up to the quarter-finals stage throughout Qatar 2022, Education City grew to become the first event venue to obtain a 5-star GSAS sustainability ranking. The ‘Diamond in the Desert’ is certain to catch the eye of followers in attendance and viewers tuning in from round the world subsequent month.