As Qatar 2022 is approaching, Lusail Stadium and Semi-Automatic Offside Tracking (SAOT) have been launched to be ready for world cup 2022 next November.

Lusail Iconic stadium, which will be used for staging the final, has been reportedly ready to hold the first official game on August, 11. Two sides from Qatar Stars League (QSL), Al-Arabi and Al-Rayyan are set to be the first ones to test the pitch of the venue which began its construction in 2017.  Such clash is the game on week two in Qatari top tier competition.

Lusail, which can hold over 80,000 people, is officially the last world cup 2022 stadium to complete its construction this year. Previously, the two other venues, Al-Bayt stadium and Stadium 974 were opened in November 2021 for holding FIFA Arab Cup, the regional tournament used as a world cup trial by the organiser.

During the final round later, Lusail Iconic stadium stages 10 matches, including six fixtures at the preliminary round, plus one game each at each knockout stage from the round of 16 to the final. Here are the details the matches:

Preliminary Round:

  • Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Group C, November, 22 at 13.00 local time)
  • Brasil vs Serbia (Group G, November, 24 2022 at 22.00)
  • Argentina vs Mexico (Group C, November, 26 at 22.00 )
  • Portugal vs Uruguay (Group H, November 28, 22.00)
  • Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Group C, November 30 at 22.00)
  • Cameroon vs Brasil (Group G, December 2, at 22.00)

The round of 16: 1 H vs 2 G (December, 6, at 22.00)

Perempat final (December 9, at 22.00)

Semi final (December 13, at 22.00)

Final (Desember, 18 at 18.00)

In addition, FIFA has finally approved the semi-automated offside tracking (SAOT) to improve the accuracy of VAR system in Qatar 2022 later. In this system, there will be 12 cameras inside the stadium and a motion sensor-equipped ball to provide more live data in the match. It will help accelerating the decision-making on offside position from 70 to only 25 seconds. What’s more, its result will be displayed visually to the screen in the stadium. Prior to confirming the use of this advanced system, SAOT’s beta version has been tried out during FIFA Club World Cup 2022 earlier.

The legendary football referee who is currently the Referees Committee Chairman in football governing body, Pierluigi Collina, gave a statement regarding SOAT below:

“VAR has already had a very positive impact on football and we can see that the number of major mistakes has already been dramatically reduced. We expect that semi-automated offside technology can take us a step further,".