The application process for volunteers for the FIFA World Cup (FIFA.com), Qatar 2022™ officially opened yesterday, with 20,000 places up for grabs for people around the world to play a vital role in the tournament. .
The launch of the volunteer program was marked by a scintillating event at the Katara Amphitheater in Doha, where 3,500 potential candidates were welcomed by special guests, including HE Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani, HE Salah Bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Sports and Youth, HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
The audience also heard from Tim Cahill, FIFA Legend and Qatar Legacy Ambassador, Ghanim Al Muftah, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, and Mohammed Saadon Al Kuwari, Sports Journalist.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of the FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, addressing the audience. “You are the first face, the first smile that any visitor to Qatar will find upon arrival. Thanks to you, we can show the world that Qatar, the Gulf region and the whole Arab world welcomes the planet for an incredible experience. here in November and December this year.The world will unite in Qatar and celebrate a peaceful, wonderful and unforgettable event.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Volunteer Program – the largest volunteer program in Qatar’s history – aims to bring people together through football to deliver the first FIFA World Cup™ in Middle East and the Arab world, celebrating the love of the game and showcasing the true spirit of Qatar. It will place 20,000 passionate volunteers at the heart of tournament operations and create a proud legacy of volunteerism in the region.
“This is the first FIFA World Cup of this type; the first in our beautiful country and region. We want to use the power of football to open the door to a world of amazing experiences,” said Al Thawadi.
“This edition of the FIFA World Cup is a great opportunity to share Qatar’s unique identity and create experiences that connect a global community. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of it all. They are the welcoming smile, the helping hand, the encouraging voice. They share our pride, share our traditions and will help create a lasting legacy for our country, the Middle East, Asia and the world.
How it works
From the morning of March 21, volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels can apply to participate in the tournament via Volunteer.FIFA.com. Applications are open to everyone, from Qatari residents to people from the Middle East and beyond. Speaking English is a requirement, while knowledge of Arabic is considered an asset.
The volunteer program is particularly looking for reliable problem solvers with interpersonal skills and an ability to learn quickly. Communication, leadership, language and teamwork skills will all come in handy. In return, participants will receive the opportunities, skills and tools needed to support the tournament.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will run from November 21 to December 18, but some roles will start from October 1. Volunteers from Qatar and around the world will be at the heart of tournament operations, providing support in 45 functional areas at official and unofficial venues, such as stadiums, training sites, the airport, fan zones, hotels and public transport centers.
Requirements and selection process
All volunteers must be:
- 18 or older as of October 1, 2022. There is no upper age limit.
- Able to speak English – Arabic or other languages are an advantage.
- Able to commit to a minimum of ten full days during the tournament.
Shortlisted candidates will participate in an assessment and an interview. All selected volunteers will receive training, as well as a limited edition adidas uniform, a meal during their shift and free access to public transport.
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