FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) worked tirelessly together for years in order to be able to successfully deliver the most accessible FIFA World Cup in history.
The tournament included a vast range of accessibility features, five types of accessibility tickets, including sensory rooms, audio-descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted fans in Arabic and English, mobility assistance services in the last mile and inside the stadiums, and facilities to ensure the safety and comfort of all fans.
Tournament preparations were supported by the Accessibility Forum, which was launched by the SC in 2016 and meant that fans with disabilities contributed to the development of facilities and projects to ensure this edition of the FIFA World Cup catered for every section of society.
To add to the already groundbreaking matchday experience for those attending, before every kick-off at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, two fans in the accessibility seats were invited to meet their heroes and be a part of the pre-match ceremony. It was a small gesture, but one which meant a lot for those lucky enough to experience it.
Ten-year-old Aidan Bell was chosen to line up with England ahead of their quarter-final match against France at Al Bayt Stadium, and for his dad, George, seeing his son next to Three Lions captain Harry Kane was a special moment.