Where will the next World Cup be held?
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. It will be the first time a Middle East country has hosted the event. It will span through eight new stadiums in Qatar. There have been 11 stadiums used in this year's Cup.
It's worth noting that the World Cup in Qatar has been plagued by controversy almost since the moment it was announced. An Amnesty International report alleged human rights violations by companies constructing the new stadiums. Those allegations arrived after an initial wave of criticism about working conditions and worker deaths. Since that Amnesty report, conditions have improved.
The Qatar bid has also been embroiled in a bribery scandal. Widespread investigations into corruption at FIFA included allegations that bribes were paid to members of FIFA's 22-person executive committee. (Corruption investigations led to reforms at FIFA, including a change to how votes are cast for World Cup bids.) The allegations of bribery have been denied, and a FIFA investigation exonerated the Qatar bid. However, there are ongoing federal investigations in three countries, reports Bloomberg.
Prior to the start of the games in Russia, FIFA announced the host of the 2026 World Cup would be a joint bid from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It's the first time the tournament will be jointly hosted by three countries, and Mexico will be the first country to host the men's World Cup three times. Details are still be working out, but the games will be spread across 16 yet to be named cities. Of those, 10 will be in the United States, and the other six will be split between Canada and Mexico, reports the BBC. A total of 60 games will be held in the 10 US cities, while Canada and Mexico will get 10 games each.