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Live from Qatar: AP covers the World Cup

, by Nicole Meir

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar, AP journalists are covering the action in text, video, live video and photos for customers around the world.

AP will produce sweeping coverage of the world-watched tournament, with religion, climate and additional reporters across formats on site with sports writers to cover sustainability, water supply, culture and the geopolitical issues that have surrounded this World Cup.

Japan's goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda makes a save during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

For the first time in nearly 10 years, AP photographers will be stationed on the catwalk of the World Cup matches, delivering rare access photography of the biggest games within minutes of being taken.

AP Global Media services will also deliver host country broadcast services from locations across the city and directly outside the stadium.

“At its heart, the World Cup is a sporting event, but it is about so much more than that as well,” said Paul Haven, vice president of global news gathering. “There are questions around human rights, religion, climate, sustainability and geopolitics. Our footprint in Qatar and around the world allows us to hit all of those issues in a global and authoritative way, using the full breadth of AP’s expertise.”

AP’s on-site coverage continues through the end of the tournament on Dec. 18.

Follow AP’s coverage of the 2022 World Cup.