— Published 23 May 2022

The challenge of crowd control

Qatar 2022

The organisers announced on Sunday 22 May, almost six months to the day before the event: the biggest challenge during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (21 November to 18 December) will be managing the flow of foreign fans in a single city, Doha. Between 1.2 and 1.4 million visitors are expected in Qatar. They will all be concentrated in a very small area, with only 75 kilometres between the two furthest stadiums and eight matches played every other day during the group stage (21 November to 2 December). “Approximately 350,000 fans will be in Doha at the same time, FIFA’s director of security Helmut Spahn told AFP. But we can create history and I am pretty sure that we will manage it.” According to Helmut Spahn, the risk, particularly of terrorism, is “low and under control” compared to previous editions in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018. “we had terrorist attack threats prior to a World Cup, we had strikes of private security and police, we had problems sometimes with infrastructure at stadiums not being ready. This is not the case here,” he said.