On the occasion of the passage of a month since the end of the World Cup competitions, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) revealed facts and figures confirming Qatar’s hosting of the best version in the history of the World Cup, and the crowning of Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, with the title at Lusail Stadium, on December 18, in the presence of nearly 89 A thousand cheerleaders.
Today, Thursday, the website of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy published the FIFA report, which stated that more than 1.5 billion viewers around the world watched an exciting final match between Argentina and France, and reviewed facts and figures from and outside the green carpet, reflecting the huge size of the largest sports tournament ever.
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The figures indicate that about 5 billion people have interacted with the World Cup (Qatar 2022), following the content of the tournament across a range of platforms and devices around the world.
The World Cup on social media, according to Nielsen, recorded 93.6 million posts across all platforms, with 262 billion cumulative access, and nearly 6 billion posts.
More than 3.4 million fans enjoyed the World Cup matches in Qatar from the stands, compared to 3 million who watched the 2018 edition.
The highest scoring version
The Qatar World Cup matches witnessed 172 goals, thus becoming the highest scoring version, breaking the previous record of 171 goals, which was witnessed in the 1998 edition in France and 2014 in Brazil.
And 3 matches at Lusail Stadium, including the final match, were the largest crowd attendance for a World Cup match since the 1994 World Cup final in the United States, when Brazil faced Italy in front of 94,194 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The tournament witnessed distinguished numbers from a number of football giants;
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in 5 versions of the World Cup (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022), while Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 4 consecutive matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup, since the introduction of the current format of the World Cup and the addition of the round of 16 in a copy. Mexico 1986.
The Argentine captain also broke another record when he played his 26th match in the World Cup in the final against France, surpassing the record set by German Lothar Matthaus.
The fastest goal in the tournament came after just 68 seconds, when the Canadian and Bayern Munich star Alfonso Davies scored a goal against Croatia.
Spaniard Gavi became the youngest player to score the net in the Mother of Tournaments since Pele in the 1958 edition when he scored a goal with a stunning shot in El Matador's 7-0 victory over Costa Rica, at the age of 18 years and 110 days.
The first woman to officiate a match
The World Cup also witnessed other achievements, as Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a match in the World Cup, when she, along with assistants Noise Back and Karen Diaz, formed the first ever women's trio to run a match in the history of the tournament.
Also, among the eight group leaders came teams representing 4 different continental federations, for the third time in history, and the first in 20 years (1986, 2002 and 2022).
3 of the Asian teams reached the final eight for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
The Qatar 2022 World Cup became the first edition in which an African team reached the semi-finals, after the amazing journey of the Moroccan national team in the tournament, which gathered to encourage the fans from the Middle East and the Arab world.
Also, 1.85 million visitors attended the FIFA Fan Fest in Doha, which had its own anthem for the first time at the World Cup, where "Toko Taka" was one of the nine songs of the first official World Cup music album, which achieved 450 million views on YouTube.
200 thousand volunteers
And in light of the active role of voluntary work in the success of hosting the World Cup;
The World Cup witnessed the participation of 200,000 volunteers, representing 150 nationalities, including 17,000 residents of Qatar, and 3,000 volunteers from abroad, and the ages of the volunteers ranged from 18 to 77 years.
More than 180,000 people contributed to the success of hosting an exceptional edition of the World Cup in Qatar, including more than 10,000 media representatives who shared their impressions and pictures with the world at a time when a new football history was being made.
On the occasion of the passage of a month since the end of the World Cup #Qatar 2022, FIFA revealed facts and figures confirming Qatar's hosting of the best edition in the history of the World Cup, with record numbers of mass turnout in stadiums and across screens.
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The Qatar World Cup witnessed achievements that occur for the first time in terms of sustainability and worker welfare, including the provision of an audio descriptive commentary service on the tournament matches for the blind and visually impaired worldwide via the Internet, as the service was available in both English and Arabic for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
3 of the World Cup stadiums included sensory rooms for fans with autism and sensory perception difficulties, and all tournament stadiums were constructed according to strict standards that take into account the requirements of people with disabilities, including parking lots, seats, toilets, and food and beverage outlets.