FIFA WORLD CUP
Qatar and FIFA announce joint venture to deliver 2022 FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup has officially entered tournament delivery mode after Qatar and FIFA announced the launch of a new joint venture to organise the event.
The 2022 World Cup has officially entered tournament delivery mode after Qatar and FIFA announced the launch of a new joint venture to organise the event.
The ‘FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC' was unveiled as the body responsible for delivering the first game at the World Cup in the Arab world after the nine-member management board met for the first time on February 5th, 2019 in Doha.
The new delivery model will capitalise on the planning expertise the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has built up since winning the right to host the tournament in 2010. Combined with FIFA’s extensive tournament expertise, this innovative model of delivering world football’s premier event aims to ensure an optimum World Cup experience for fans, players and officials in 2022.
While the venture focuses on tournament delivery, the SC will continue to manage the development of event infrastructure, along with the various legacy programmes.
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, who will combine his role as SC Secretary General with Chairman of the joint venture, said: “The formation of this new joint venture comes at a strategically important time on Qatar’s World Cup project as we complete our various infrastructure projects, such as stadiums and training sites, and turn our attention to finalising the unique fan and player experience that Qatar 2022 will provide.”
Al Thawadi continued: “I am confident that the combination of FIFA’s extensive tournament experience, and our own tactical experience and the nine years’ hard work already invested in the project, will ensure that the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world is one of the best ever.”
Nasser Al Khater, the SC’s Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group and CEO of the joint venture, said: “Qatar’s World Cup project is entering its final phase and we’re all very pleased to launch this new organisation and collectively develop the best possible operational plans for 2022.
“In less than four years’ time, we will be welcoming the participating teams and over one million fans to Qatar for the world’s biggest single-sport event. It is the work we do now which will ensure the experience we deliver is unlike anything previously witnessed at a tournament. I look forward to leading this innovative joint venture with FIFA and the work it will be undertaking in the years to come.”
Creating a joint venture forms part of FIFA’s vision to create an organisation that streamlines the operational delivery of the World Cup. The management board of the new entity will be composed of FIFA’s Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s two Deputy Secretary Generals, Zvonimir Boban and Alasdair Bell, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith, and FIFA’s Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero, as well as the SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group, Nasser Al Khater, SC Chairman of the Operational Office and the Vice Chairman of the Technical Operational Office, Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, and QFA Vice President, Saoud Al-Mohannadi.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Today we take a major step in the organisation of the biggest single-sport event in the world. Created in accordance with the FIFA President’s vision and together with our Qatari counterparts, the joint venture aims to reorganise the way we work at the operational front and avoid inefficiencies. I am convinced that this new approach to planning, delivery and legacy, always hand-in-hand with our colleagues based in Qatar, will help to ensure that the World Cup continues to be the most eagerly awaited event by billions of fans worldwide.”