The Qatari World Cup 2022 (opens in a new tab) fast approaching, the action due to begin in November.
We know the teams that will be there, but what about the venues?
Eight stadiums across Qatar will host the first-ever Winter World Cup.
The short distances between them offer a novelty compared to previous years – the furthest distance between two 2022 World Cup stadiums is around 45 miles.
Here are some answers to key questions about Al Janoub Stadium.
Where is Al Janoub Stadium?
Al Janoub Stadium is in Al Wakrah, one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Qatar.
The southern city, located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, was a center for diving and pearl fishing, and the design of the stadium is inspired by the traditional dhows that were used for these purposes.
What is the capacity?
The Al Janoub stadium can accommodate 40,000 fans.
Who plays it?
Two-time Qatar Stars League champions Al-Wakrah Sport Club play their home games at Al Janoub Stadium.
Who owns it?
The Qatar Football Association owns the Al Janoub Stadium.
When was it finished?
Work started in 2014 and the stadium opened on May 16, 2019, when it hosted the Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al-Duhail.
It has since hosted the 2020 AFC Champions League Final and six 2021 FIFA Arab Cup matches.
How much did it cost?
The Al Janoub stadium would have cost 587 million euros to build.
Which 2022 World Cup matches will be played at Al Janoub Stadium?
- November 22: France – Australia (Group D)
- November 24: Switzerland – Cameroon (Group G)
- November 26: Tunisia – Australia (Group D)
- November 28: Cameroon – Serbia (Group G)
- November 30: Australia – Denmark (Group D)
- December 2: Ghana – Uruguay (Group H)
- December 5: Winner Group E – Second Group F (round of 32)
What will happen to the stadium after the World Cup?
The Qatar 2022 website says the capacity of Al Janoub Stadium will be halved to 20,000 after the tournament to “ensure an electric atmosphere” at Al-Wakrah matches. Seats withdrawn will be donated to overseas football development projects.
The site will become a sports and entertainment centre, housing facilities such as a school, wedding venue, restaurants, markets, gymnasiums, park and trails for running, cycling and horse riding.