Khalifa International Stadium

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Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium (1).jpg
LocationAl-Waab Street, Baaya, Qatar
Coordinates 25°15′49″N51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806 Coordinates: 25°15′49″N51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806
Owner Qatar Football Association
Capacity 40,000 [1]
Opened3 March 1976
Renovated2005, 2014–2017
Qatar national football team (1976–present)
Interior view of Khalifa International Stadium in 2010, prior to redevelopment Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg
Interior view of Khalifa International Stadium in 2010, prior to redevelopment
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium Asian Games Doha 2006 fireworks.jpg
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic : ملعب خليفة الدولي, romanized: Istād Khalīfah), also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar, as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower. [2] It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. The stadium is also the first completed venue that will host a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. [3] In 2017, it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating. [4]

The romanization of Arabic writes written and spoken Arabic in the Latin script in one of various systematic ways. Romanized Arabic is used for a number of different purposes, among them transcription of names and titles, cataloging Arabic language works, language education when used in lieu of or alongside the Arabic script, and representation of the language in scientific publications by linguists. These formal systems, which often make use of diacritics and non-standard Latin characters and are used in academic settings or for the benefit of non-speakers, contrast with informal means of written communication used by speakers such as the Latin-based Arabic chat alphabet.

Multi-purpose stadium type of stadium

Multi-purpose stadiums are a type of stadium designed to be easily used by multiple types of events. While any stadium could potentially host more than one type of sport or event, this concept usually refers to a specific design philosophy that stresses multifunctionality over specificity. It is used most commonly in Canada and the United States, where the two most popular outdoor team sports – football and baseball – require radically different facilities. Football uses a rectangular field, while baseball is played on a diamond and large outfield. This requires a particular design to accommodate both, usually an oval. While building stadiums in this way means that sports teams and governments can share costs, it also imposes some challenges.

Aspire Zone

Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City, is a 250-hectare (2.5 km2) sporting complex located in Al Waab district of Doha, Qatar. Owned by the Aspire Zone Foundation, it was established as an international sports destination in 2003 and in the following year an educational centre for the development of sporting champions was opened. The complex contains several sporting venues, mostly constructed in preparation for the 2006 Asian Games.



The stadium opened in 1976. It was renovated and expanded in 2005, before the 2006 Asian Games, to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 seats. A roof covers the western side of the stadium. The eastern side has a large arch, which was used as a platform to launch fireworks from during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony.

2006 Asian Games 15th edition of the Asian Games

The 2006 Asian Games, officially known as the XV Asiad, was an Asian multi-sport event held in Doha, Qatar from December 1 to 15, 2006 with 424 events in 39 sports featured in the games. Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia to host the games.

Roof top covering of a building

A roof is the top covering of a building, including all materials and constructions necessary to support it on the walls of the building or on uprights; it provides protection against rain, snow, sunlight, extremes of temperature, and wind. A roof is part of the building envelope.

2006 Asian Games opening ceremony

The 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony was held on 1 December at the multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium. The Opening Ceremony was described by the media to be one of the most breath-taking and technologically spectacular multi-sports event ceremony, and the most expensive multi-sports event ceremony in the history of Asian Games at that time. It was created and produced by David Atkins who conducted the 2000 Summer Olympics opener and was filmed and broadcast live by International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) under the name Doha Asian Games Broadcast Services (DAGBS). 10 composers from Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt, Singapore, Japan, India, South Korea, Germany and Australia made the musical scores of the ceremonies.

Before the 2005 renovation, the stadium was used mostly for association football (soccer) matches, but it is equipped for many other sports. Since 1997, the stadium has hosted the annual Doha Diamond League (previously known by other names) track and field competition. It is the Qatar national football team's home stadium. The stadium hosted the 2011 Pan Arab Games. [5]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Doha Diamond League athletics tournament held in Qatar

The Doha Diamond League is an annual one-day track and field meeting held at the Suheim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is part of the IAAF Diamond League – the top level international circuit for the sport. It is typically held in May as the first leg of the Diamond League series.

Track and field Sport involving running, jumping and throwing disciplines

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from where the sport takes place, a running track and a grass field for the throwing and some of the jumping events. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and racewalking.

After another redevelopment, the stadium reopened in May 2017.

The stadium was the site of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in September and October of that year.

2019 World Athletics Championships Athletics competition

The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships was the seventeenth edition of the biennial, global athletics competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It was held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar, at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium, but reduced to 21,000 available seats. Nearly 2000 athletes from 209 nations competed in 49 athletics events over the ten-day competition, comprising 24 events each for men and women, plus a mixed relay. There were 43 track and field events, 4 racewalking events, and 2 marathon road running events. The racewalking and marathon events were held in Doha Corniche.

On 17 December 2019, the stadium is scheduled as the venue of two 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches: the fifth-place match and the semi-final between the CONMEBOL Libertadores champions and the winner of Match 3. [6] [7]

The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 16th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament will be hosted by Qatar between 11 and 21 December 2019, taking place at three venues in Doha.

Copa Libertadores South American association football tournament for clubs

The CONMEBOL Libertadores, named as Copa Libertadores de América, is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in South American football. The tournament is named in honor of the Libertadores, the main leaders of the South American wars of independence, so a literal translation of its name into English would be "Liberators of America Cup".

Sport events

2011 AFC Asian Cup Piala Asia 2011

The 2011 AFC Asian Cup was the 15th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held in Qatar from 7 to 29 January 2011. It was the fifteenth time the tournament has been held, and the second time it has been hosted by Qatar, the other being the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Japan won the cup after a 1–0 win against Australia, and earned the right to compete in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from AFC.

2011 Pan Arab Games

The 2011 Arab Games is the 12th quadrennial Pan Arab Games and took place in Doha, Qatar from December 6 to 23, 2011. This was the first time that the country had hosted the multi-sport event. Khalifa International Stadium was the main venue for the competition.

2022 FIFA World Cup 22nd FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in Qatar in 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's association football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. This will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament. The reigning World Cup champions are France.

2011 AFC Asian Cup

DateTime(QST)Team #1Res.Team #2Round
2011-01-0719:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–2Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Group A
2011-01-1219:15Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0–2Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Group A
2011-01-1619:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 3–0Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Group A
2011-01-2119:25Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 2–1Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Quarterfinal
2011-01-2519:25Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 0–6Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Semifinal
2011-01-2918:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Final


DateTime(QST)Team #1Res.Team #2
2009-11-1419:15Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–0Flag of England.svg  England
2010-11-1719:15Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2010-11-1818:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–1Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti
2010-12-1618:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 2–1Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
2010-12-2216:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 2–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
2010-12-2819:15Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2013-02-0621:00Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
2018-09-0719:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1-0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
2018-09-1119:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 3–0Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine
2018-12-3120:00Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1–2Flag of Iran.svg  Iran

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Busan Asiad Stadium
Asian Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Succeeded by
Haixinsha Island
Preceded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Stadium Australia
Preceded by
London Stadium
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Succeeded by
Hayward Field