In December 2010, Qatar was awarded the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The decision was met with outrage and international boycott threats, led by the Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The reasons for this outrage fell into three categories: regional rivalry, suspicion of bribery and corruption in the bidding process, and a legacy of poor human rights records.
Qatar’s Ministry Responsible for World Cup Affairs
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the first ever to be held in the Middle East.
Qatar’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup was approved by the organisation’s membership in 2010. The country beat out rival bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
As the host country, Qatar has appointed a Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to oversee all aspects of delivering the World Cup. The SC is chaired by His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for developing and implementing Qatar’s foreign policy and for representing Qatar at an international level. The ministry also works closely with other government bodies on issues relating to the World Cup, such as visas and security.
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce is responsible for ensuring that businesses comply with laws and regulations, including those relating to trademarks and intellectual property rights. The ministry also provides support to businesses operating in Qatar.
The Ministry of Interior is responsible for maintaining law and order in Qatar, as well as providing security during the World Cup. The ministry will work closely with other security agencies during the event to ensure a safe and secure tournament.
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, and organizing it is a massive undertaking. The Qatar 2022 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is responsible for delivering a successful tournament, and they are already hard at work making sure everything is on track.
The committee is chaired by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. He is supported by a team of experienced executives, who are responsible for different aspects of tournament delivery.
Many of the members of the LOC have experience working on previous World Cups, including in Qatar (for the 2006 Asian Games and 2011 AFC Asian Cup), Brazil (2014 FIFA World Cup) and South Africa (2010 FIFA World Cup). This wealth of experience will be vital in ensuring a smooth-running tournament.
The LOC’s main task is to deliver the venues, infrastructure and logistics for the tournament. This includes everything from building the stadiums to providing transportation and accommodation for teams and fans.
They are also responsible for promoting Qatar as a host nation and generating excitement around the event. With just over three years to go until kickoff, there is still much work to be done but the LOC is confident that Qatar will be ready to welcome the world in 2022.
1. General Secretary
As the General Secretary of FIFA, Jérôme Valcke is responsible for the overall administration and management of FIFA. This includes overseeing the work of FIFA’s 11 different departments, as well as managing FIFA’s finances and human resources.
Valcke also represents FIFA in external relations, including with government bodies and other international organizations. In this role, he has been instrumental in securing support for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Valcke has been with FIFA since 2003, and was appointed as General Secretary in 2007. He is a French national, and prior to joining FIFA he worked in various roles in sports marketing and event management.
2. Deputy General Secretary
The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious and popular international football tournament in the world. Held every four years, the World Cup attracts huge television audiences and generates enormous commercial interest.
The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 22nd edition of the quadrennial event. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first time that the World Cup will be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. The tournament will be played across eight venues in seven cities.
As Deputy General Secretary for Organizing Committee Qatar 2022, Nasser Al-Khater is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of delivery for what promises to be an incredible FIFA World Cup. In this role, Nasser oversees a team of more than 1,000 people working on everything from venue operations and security to transport and accommodation.
Nasser has been with the organizing committee since its inception in 2011, and he was instrumental in Qatar being awarded the hosting rights for the FIFA World Cup in 2022. He has also played a key role in delivering major sporting events in Qatar, including the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
3. Legal and Administrative Manager
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be held in the Arab world. It will also be the first World Cup to be held entirely in one country, with all matches taking place in stadiums within a close proximity to each other.
Qatar was selected as the host nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010, defeating rival bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Qatar will become the smallest nation by population ever to host a FIFA World Cup.
As the host country of the FIFA World Cup, Qatar will automatically qualify for the tournament. They will be joined by 31 other teams, who will qualify via a series of continental tournaments.
The tournament is scheduled to take place between November 21 and December 18, 2022. This is due to the fact that Qatar is located in a region where temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in summertime. As such, the tournament will be held during Qatar’s “cooler” months.
A total of 64 matches will be played during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with 60 of those matches taking place in eight different stadiums across Qatar. The remaining four matches will take place at three different venues outside of Qatar: Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
4. International Relations Manager
The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious and popular international football tournament in the world. Held every four years, the World Cup attracts 32 of the best national teams from around the globe who compete in a month-long tournament. The event is a massive undertaking, requiring years of planning and coordination among various stakeholders.
The International Relations Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders involved in the organization and operation of the FIFA World Cup. This includes FIFA, other confederations, member associations, commercial partners, broadcast partners, governments, and host cities. The manager also oversees the development of communication strategies and materials to support these relationships.
5. Project Development Manager
As the project development manager for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, it is my responsibility to oversee all aspects of the event’s planning and execution. This includes working with a team of event planners to ensure that all logistical details are taken care of, from securing venues and transportation to coordinating security and media relations. I also work closely with sponsors and partners to ensure that their needs are met, and that they are happy with their involvement in the event.
In the months leading up to the World Cup, my focus is on making sure that everything is on track and that all potential problems are anticipated and addressed. Once the event begins, I am responsible for ensuring that it runs smoothly, troubleshooting any issues that arise, and dealing with any unexpected challenges that come up. After the World Cup ends, I am responsible for conducting a debriefing with all involved parties to assess what went well and what could be improved for future events.
6. Executive Coordinator of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid
The Executive Coordinator of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid is responsible for coordinating the bid process for the FIFA World Cup. This includes working with the Local Organizing Committee, government agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that the bid is compliant with all FIFA regulations. The Executive Coordinator also works closely with the media and public relations teams to promote Qatar’s bid to the world.
7. Director of the Marketing Department, Sponsorship and Partnership Department
The Director of the Marketing Department, Sponsorship and Partnership Department is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans and strategies to promote the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This includes overseeing sponsorships and partnerships, managing advertising and public relations campaigns, and coordinating promotional events. The Director also works closely with other departments within FIFA to ensure that the marketing efforts are aligned with the overall objectives of the organization.
8. Director of the Communication Department
The Director of the Communication Department is responsible for coordinating and leading the communication activities of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This includes developing and implementing communication strategies, as well as overseeing all aspects of media relations, public relations, and marketing communications.
As the Director of the Communication Department, you will be working closely with other members of the Organizing Committee to ensure that the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is communicated effectively to all stakeholders. You will also be responsible for managing a team of communication professionals and ensuring that they are able to deliver on your vision for the event.
If you are a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills, then this is the role for you. If you have a passion for football and want to be a part of delivering an unforgettable FIFA World Cup experience, then we would love to hear from you.
9. Director of the External Relations Department
The organizers of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar are responsible for the overall coordination and management of the event. This includes overseeing the construction of stadiums and other infrastructure, as well as organizing logistical support for teams and spectators. The Director of the External Relations Department is responsible for communicating with media and other stakeholders on behalf of the tournament organizers. This includes issuing press releases, coordinating interviews, and managing social media accounts.