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Most Qatar World Cup teams to be based inside 10 km radius

General view with Qatar written on the screens of the Exhibition and Convention Center at Doha Exhibition Center on April 01, 2022 in Doha, Qatar [Tnani Badreddine/vi/DeFodi Images via Getty Images]
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw at Doha Exhibition Center on 1 April 2022 in Doha, Qatar [Tnani Badreddine/vi/DeFodi Images via Getty Images]

Three quarters of the teams at the World Cup finals in Qatar will be based within a 10 km radius of each other, FIFA said on Tuesday, announcing the hotels and training venues for the 32 national sides, Reuters reports.

Unlike in previous tournaments, all teams will stay in the same hotel and use the same training base throughout the tournament — even carrying out their sessions the day before matches at their camps rather than the stadiums.

FIFA said 24 of the 32 teams are based within a short drive of each other close to the capital, Doha.

"Players will have more time to train and rest during the competition, while being able to experience the excitement that will take over the country at much closer quarters, as fellow players and passionate fans from all 32 nations will be gathering in a single area," said Colin Smith, FIFA's Chief Operating Officer – World Cup.

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The tournament starts on 21 November and runs until the final on 8 December, and is played at eight venues.

Teams will check in to their hotels and training camps at least five days before their first match.

FIFA said the accommodation "range from four- and five-star hotels to villas, resorts and non-hotel accommodation, including sports academy residences and school/university housing."

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