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Being the Socceroos’ twelfth man heading to Qatar

In addition to the authorized restrictions, accessible lodging has additionally change into a rising concern for individuals travelling to Qatar, one thing that Bateson is avoiding by staying in close by Oman, an hour and a half flight from Doha.

Lodging choices in Doha vary in worth and luxurious, from extravagant inns or cabins on cruise ships to extra reasonably priced fan village cabins. However availability is the principle concern, with greater than 1,000,000 individuals flooding into Doha for the World Cup.

As for prices, group stage tickets go for wherever between $99-$315 for individuals who are profitable within the subsequent spherical of ‘first-in-best-served’ ticket gross sales.

Flights are prone to value between $2000 and $3700, however steep costs will be averted by flying on a less expensive airline with prolonged stopovers.

Transport to and from the stadiums is ready to be a breeze, in contrast to the climate which nonetheless reaches as much as 30 levels celsius, however that will likely be relieved by the air-conditioned stadiums.


Public transport, together with trams, public buses, shuttle buses and trains, are free for ticket holders who’ve a legitimate Hayya card, which attendees can apply for through the Qatar 2022 web site.

The primary sport of the World Cup is at Al Thumama Stadium the place Senegal will tackle the Netherlands, and Australia’s first sport is in opposition to France on November 22, in opposition to whom they misplaced 2-1 within the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bateson, together with the opposite Australian followers, will likely be cheering them on from the stands because the “twelfth man”, the one who could make a distinction from the grandstand.

“It’s possible you’ll be small in numbers,” says Bateson, “however they [the players] know you’re there. You attempt to be vocal, and also you’ve obtained some flags and banners, and that’s actually necessary.”



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