Wales set to take over Italy’s training base in Qatar if they qualify for the World Cup


Wales are set to take Italy’s planned training base if they qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Italy were knocked out of the competition by North Macedonia in March, with the Balkan minnows upsetting the European champions with a 1-0 play-off semi-final victory in Palermo.

The PA news agency understands Wales will move into the training base that had been reserved for the Azzurri if they beat Ukraine in Cardiff on Sunday.

European champions Italy were knocked out of the World Cup play-offs in March (Mike Egerton/PA)

Wales have not played in a World Cup since 1958, but a final victory in the play-off would allow them to allocate one of the state-of-the-art base camps to be used for the tournament in November and December.

Each camp consists of a hotel and a training site, each located near the eight stadiums of the Qatar tournament.

“Our training centers are located all over the country,” said Ali Al Dosari, project manager of training sites at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

“The longest journey from a training site to a hotel will take around 20 minutes by bus.

Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa Stadium will host 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar (PA Media)

“Half of the training sites are new, while the other half are existing sites that have been upgraded.

“With the new training sites, a team will have their own training site at the team base camp to train.

“The pitches at the training sites are the same as the pitches at our World Cup stadiums, in terms of grass quality and size.”

Each training site has been developed to include floodlit and natural grass pitches, as well as stands for media training sessions, locker rooms, medical facilities, recovery facilities, a media and networking center computers and communications.

Christmas Mooney
FAW chief executive Noel Mooney says qualifying for the 2022 World Cup could be worth up to £10million for Welsh football (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Football Association of Wales have estimated World Cup qualification could boost their coffers by up to £10million.

Chief executive Noel Mooney told BBC Wales: “There’s $10.5m (£8m) on offer for teams that qualify for the World Cup – that’s great.

“On top of that we have sponsorships that come into play, some of which could be around £1m.

“There’s a briefcase sitting on the halfway line (Sunday) worth around £10million for the winners.”


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