FIFA has revealed where all 32 countries will be staying and training at the Qatar World Cup this winter with England selecting an alcohol-free beach resort, Germany staying at a wellness retreat and Belgium’s base boasting a water park.
Each nation was shown a number of choices for their accommodation with inspection visits taking place while qualifying was still underway and a ‘first come, first served’ policy if more than one country wanted the same base.
But given Qatar’s compact geography and the proximity of team hotels, training grounds and stadiums, journey times will be short when compared with the vast distances teams had to cover at Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.
The majority of the teams have chosen to be right in the thick of the action by staying in or around the capital city, Doha, with England, Germany, Belgium and Portugal among eight who will be based elsewhere in the country.
Indeed, 24 of the 32 teams will be staying with a 10km radius of each other.
In all, thirty-three base camps will be used – 32 of them by participating teams and one by the match officials.
Qatar has made a virtue of its size, with the competition more compact than ever before.
‘The longest journey between a training site and hotel will take about 20 minutes by bus,’ said Ali Al Dosari, Training Sites Project Manager at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
‘Half of the training sites are brand new, while the other half were existing sites that have been upgraded.
‘With the new training sites, a team will have a team base camp training site of their own to train in. The training site pitches are the same as the pitches in our World Cup stadiums, in terms of the quality of turf and size.’