Qatar prepare a beer policy for soccer fans at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

It is for the first time in 92 years, that the FIFA World Cup 2022 event will be organized in the Muslim country of Qatar with strict social taboos mainly around alcohol. At the World Cup stadiums in the host city of Qatar, Beer with alcohol is expected to be sold, where fans may be allowed to take only non-alcoholic drinks to their seats.

The tournament will kick start in November, with FIFA and Qatari organizers still planning to serve all fans who wish to consume alcohol at games. Fans will be allowed to have a beer in a stadium before and after the games, allowing them to serve non-alcoholic Budweiser Zero to their seats.

Qatar prepare a beer policy for World Cup
Qatar prepare a beer policy for soccer fans at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The organizers are yet to finalize the policy for fans at the eight venues and long-time World Cup sponsor Budweiser will decide less than five months before the tournament. Since February 2021 Hospitality packages offering premium beverages at the stadium have been sold. It is on Friday, FIFA said in a statement “We will be confirming and making things official in due course”.

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FIFA choose the host nation in 2010 and questions about how Qatar would arrange for fans wanting to drink alcohol have been asked. It was in the year 2022, FIFA renewed its sponsorship deal with Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch for the upcoming World Cup.

FIFA had to pass a special bill at the 2014 Brazil World Cup exempting the tournament from banning the selling of alcohol at stadiums.

A decade ago, Qatari organizers were against serving alcohol at stadiums but later on promised to “come up with a plan that welcomes everyone”.

A drinking zone has been created on the outskirts of the Doha golf club selling beers for $6, which will be much cheaper than the price available at high-end downtown hotels. It is once again the gold club venue that has been the favorite for the world cup, scheduled from Nov 21 – Dec.18.

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