FIFA president: Qatar World Cup audience projected to be 5bn

2022-05-24 | Since 1 Month

Gianni Infantino

Zurich, 24 May 2022 - FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar is expected to be watched by 5bn people around the world.

Speaking at a panel discussion titled 'Sport as a Unifying Force' at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Infantino said: "The last FIFA World Cup was watched by 4bn people, and the last FIFA Women's World Cup by 1.2bn people. This World Cup in Qatar will be watched by 5bn people, way above half of the world's population. All these people who follow and pursue the same passion, they all feel the same way and they all know that football has this uniting force."

Infantino reiterated his long-held belief in football's ability to heal and unite on a global scale, using the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as an example of an upcoming opportunity, after the Covid-19 pandemic and global conflicts have isolated and divided people around the world.

"Mandela was saying that sport can change the world, that it can inspire, that it unites, and he was right with that," Infantino said. 


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