The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 by the numbers

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 by the numbers

Cumulative attendance of 2.45 million spectators for the 48 matches in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to date, surpassing the 2018 figure for the group stage.

88,966 spectators attended Argentina vs Mexico in Lusail Stadium, the largest FIFA World Cup attendance since 1994 FIFA World Cup final.

To date, over one million people have attended the FIFA Festival in Doha.

Besides the official tournament venues, Doha’s seaside promenade – the Corniche – has attracted more than two million people since the start of the tournament, with the traditional Souq Waqif market becoming another hotspot for fans from around the world.

Uruguayan and Korean fans can be proud of having reached a mighty 131 decibels at their match at Education City Stadium – a noise akin to that heard at a live rock concert.

The most compact FIFA World Cup since the inaugural edition in 1930 is also benefiting fans, teams and media representatives, with the option of attending several matches and entertainment activities per day, while operations continue to run smoothly.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 began with 32 teams, with five remaining unbeaten during the group stage (Croatia, England, Morocco, the Netherlands, and the United States) and no team with a perfect record.

For the first time in 20 years, we have seen group winners from four different confederations (1986, 2002, 2022).

On the pitch, the FIFA World Cup has faithfully reflected football’s increased competitiveness, as for the first time ever, teams from all continents have advanced to the round of 16.

Likewise, three teams from the AFC (Australia, Japan and Korea Republic) have reached the knockout stages – a competition record for the Asian confederation, which previously only had two, in 2002 and 2010.

Equally remarkably, for the second time, two African teams (Senegal and Morocco) reached the knockout stages – the last occasion being in 2014.

History was also made by Stéphanie Frappart, who not only became the first woman to officiate a FIFA World Cup match, but also, together with Neuza Back and Karen Díaz Medina, formed the first all-female trio to take charge.

Against Ghana, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another incredible milestone by becoming the first player to score at five editions of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Many matches have attracted the best audiences of the year in their respective countries, with England v. USA becoming the most watched men’s football match on US television ever.

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group stage, the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram networks notched up 9.19m trips, with a daily average of 707,032 passengers.

The two international airports are comfortably accommodating the influx of fans and teams – so far, 2 million Hayyas (Fan IDs) applications have been received, with fans from Saudi Arabia, India, the USA, the United Kingdom and Mexico at the top of the list for tournament attendance to date.

In spite of the unprecedented condensed footprint, with 24 teams staying within a 10km radius of each other, players and officials have also smoothly transferred 3,321 times in and around Doha.

Morocco topping the group is the fifth time an Africa team has finished top of a FIFA World Cup group.

Qatar became the 80th different nation to participate in the FIFA World Cup.

Canada scored the 100th goal at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 via Nayef Aguerd’s own goal.