Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب خليفة الدولي‎, romanizedIstād 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]

Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg
LocationAl-Waab Street, Baaya, Qatar
Coordinates25°15′49″N 51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806Coordinates: 25°15′49″N 51°26′53″E / 25.26361°N 51.44806°E / 25.26361; 51.44806
OwnerQatar Football Association
Renovated2005, 2014–2017
Qatar national football team (1976–present)
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium


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.

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]

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.

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]

Sport eventsEdit

2011 AFC Asian CupEdit

Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
2011-01-07 19:15   Qatar 0–2   Uzbekistan Group A
2011-01-12 19:15   China PR 0–2   Qatar Group A
2011-01-16 19:15   Qatar 3–0   Kuwait Group A
2011-01-21 19:25   Uzbekistan 2–1   Jordan Quarterfinal
2011-01-25 19:25   Uzbekistan 0–6   Australia Semifinal
2011-01-29 18:00   Australia 0–1   Japan Final


Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2
2009-11-14 19:15   Brazil 1–0   England
2010-11-17 19:15   Brazil 0–1   Argentina
2010-11-18 18:00   Qatar 0–1   Haiti
2010-12-16 18:00   Qatar 2–1   Egypt
2010-12-22 16:00   Qatar 2–0   Estonia
2010-12-28 19:15   Qatar 0–0   Iran
2013-02-06 21:00   Spain 3–1   Uruguay
2018-09-07 19:00   Qatar 1–0   China PR
2018-09-11 19:00   Qatar 3–0   Palestine
2018-12-31 20:00   Qatar 1–2   Iran


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  2. ^ "Alternative Name". Emporis.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Saraiva, Alexia (2 August 2018). "Get To Know The 8 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums". ArchDaily.
  4. ^ (28 November 2017). "Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Education City Stadium to host FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ final". FIFA. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Tracks worlds stadium in Qatar to host Club World Cup games". The Washington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2019.

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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