Hosting the FIFA World Cup is a huge undertaking that requires years of planning and painstaking attention to detail. Learning from experience and knowledge sharing play a key part in putting on the greatest show on earth and FIFA’s Observer Programme offers organisers of future events an invaluable insight into how it is done.
At the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar, the Observer Programme gave around 180 participants the chance to go behind the scenes to see for themselves how the tournament is organised. Over the course of three days, they visited numerous sites including the accreditation centre, the volunteers centre, tournament headquarters, stadiums, the International Broadcaster Centre, the Main Media Centre, FIFA Fan Festival and training sites, among others.
“The Observer Programme is a key component of every FIFA World Cup and aims to provide people involved in the organisation of future editions of men’s and women’s tournaments, as well as the wider football community, with a deeper understanding of what it takes to successfully deliver the greatest show on earth,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s Chief Operating Officer – World Cup.
“There have been many productive exchanges here in Doha, so we trust that participants will leave Qatar with new thoughts, impressions, ideas, as well as a greater appreciation of the magnitude of this event. This knowledge will support the participants as they contribute to the planning and delivery of their own events and forthcoming FIFA tournaments.”
In addition to providing an overview of what it takes to successfully stage a men’s or women’s FIFA World Cup, the Observer Programme aims to inspire and foster new ideas that can be applicable to future events.