The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start tomorrow. Qatar is located in the desert region of the Middle East and has a hot climate. Even if the start of the game is postponed until November, when other places have already faced winter, they still face various tests of playing football in high temperature.
Mike Tipton, a professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, told Reuters that players were at risk of heat stroke and playing or training in the heat during the World Cup in Qatar could lead to poor decisions.
With temperatures hovering above 30C in Doha , Wales moved what would have been an afternoon training session into a cooler evening.
Wales striker Mark Harris said they were sweating walking around the hotel. It was warm when they went out for a walk around 11 in the morning .
Tipton believes that playing in extreme heat can affect players not only physically, but also psychologically. The dangers range from feeling dizzy due to inability to exercise to heat stroke, on the other hand people tend to make poor decisions when they get hot. They may decide to train harder, however this accelerates their exposure to heat problems.
Tipton suggested that coaches choose to change the team’s game style in order to cope with the high temperature, and adopt a slower game rhythm. Because if you play in southern Europe or South America, the style of play needs to change and you need to adapt to this fact. Players can’t run around at high levels of activity during 90-minute games because it would overwhelm the thermoregulatory system.
However, according to Reuters, all eight host stadiums are air-conditioned, giving players a bit of relief on matchday.