For the first time in the history of the World Cup, soccer’s most decorated knockout competition will take place this Fall instead of its traditional Summer season. The reason for this change is the host nation’s location, Qatar. Qatar’s climate is one of the hottest on Earth.
This massive change in scheduling and tradition creates an exciting scenario for soccer clubs, countries, and players. Who navigate through a season change for the first time in their professions. An example of the consequences is that soccer leagues all across the globe will have to pause their regular season campaigns in order to allow players and their parent clubs the time and opportunity to participate in the tournament. This, however, creates a problem for the players and the clubs. Clubs whose players are representing their nations in the world cup must allow those players to leave for up to 30 days to participate in this sporting event, risking injury and exhaustion to some of the team’s most important players in the middle of a grueling season-long league campaign. On the contrary, clubs that do not have players participating in the tournament must now adapt and find ways to keep their players in top match shape once the tournament concludes and their regular season campaigns resume on December 26th.
For many fans around the world, this will be a unique opportunity to experience the world’s largest sports competition around the traditional holiday festive period. One of the most anticipated matches of that tournament, The United States of America VS England will take place on November 25th the day after Thanksgiving. This match is expected to shatter previous records for televised sporting events in the U.S. Their historic past is being heralded as having the potential to be considered an instant classic.
Don’t forget to tune into the 2022 Fifa World Cup on November 20th. May the best nation win.
– By: Jesse Aguirre