Soccer fans, unite!
Earlier today, FIFA unveiled the official logo for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Aljazeera reports that FIFA revealed the emblem in a simultaneous event across 24 cities around the globe.
The new logo honors the sport, traditions, culture and time in which it belongs. In addition, BBC Sport reports that “the design was inspired by Arab culture with the central theme based on a woolen shawl to reflect it being the first World Cup staged in the winter.”.
In 2010, Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Essentially, it beat other bidders USA, Australia, Japan, and South Korea. Definitely, it couldn’t have come at a better time for this small Arab country in the middle east.
2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in winter
Notably, the 2022 World Cup will be the first staging of the tournament during wintertime. Understandably, previous World Cups were held in summers as the outdoor sport requires a good dose of sun and dry land to be played. However, medical and legal experts raised concerns about the players’ health and physical well being given the steaming summers in the middle east.
Generally, the FIFA World Cup is widely considered as the world’s largest sporting event. Held every 4 years, close to a billion people follow the tournament across bars, stadiums, and homes throughout the globe. In essence, its gravitas looms down on the Olympics as well.
The 2026 World Cup is expected to be the largest tournament ever assembled with 48 teams expected to participate.