Qatar World Cup stadiums: Where are the games taking place?

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 16:  A general view outside the Lusail Stadium venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar on December 16, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The Lusail Iconic Stadium will host the final match of the World Cup. (Getty)

The first World Cup played in the Middle East will take place in Qatar this winter.

Seven cities in the country will host the competition from 20th November to 18th December.

This will also be the first time the tournament has taken place at the end of the year instead of its regular time, between the months of June and July.

In addition, Qatar’s World Cup will be the last with 32 teams.

Four years from now, in the competition that will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, the number of participating nations will increase to 48.

The announcement that Qatar had been chosen as the host nation for the Cup was released on 2nd October 2010 - the country will also be a first-time participant at the event.

The first game will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium. (Getty)
The first game will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium. (Getty)
This picture taken early on August 4, 2022 from the Gulf waters off Qatar's capital Doha shows a view of 974 Stadium, formerly knows as Ras Abu Aboud, which will host matches of the FIFA football World Cup 2022. - Qatar on August 12 marks 100 days remaining until the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES / AFP) (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP via Getty Images)
The Ras Abu Aboud stadium. (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 22: (EDITORS NOTE: This photograph was taken using a drone) An aerial view of Al Thumama stadium at sunset on June 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Designed by the architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, the stadium’s bold, circular form reflects the gahfiya – a traditional woven cap adorned by men and boys all across the Middle East for centuries. Al Thumama stadium is a host venue of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starting in November. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Al Thumama stadium in Doha. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

So far, some of the stadiums hosting the main games have been determined, including the homes of the first and last matches.

The first game will take place between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, in the city of Al Khor, on the 20 November while the final will happen at Lusail’s National Stadium, in the city of Lusail.

DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 21: (EDITORS NOTE: This photograph was taken using a drone) An aerial view of Al Janoub stadium at sunrise on June 21, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Al Janoub stadium is a host venue of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starting in November. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Al Janoub stadium in Al Wakrah. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Photo taken on Aug. 7, 2022 shows the exterior view of Education City Stadium which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua via Getty Images)
The Education City Stadium in Doha. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua via Getty Images)
This picture taken on September 7, 2022 shows the Khalifa International Stadium building complex in Qatar's capital Doha ahead of the FIFA football World Cup 2022. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)
The Khalifa International Stadium building complex in Doha. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Two stadiums in Doha (Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama), three in Al Rayann (Education City, Ahmed bin Ali and Khalifa International) and one stadium in Al Wakrah (Al Janoub) will also host games.

All stadiums have the capacity for at least 40,000 spectators.