AP World Cup coverage advisory

Updated 6/16/2022 8:43 AM


The 2022 World Cup runs from Nov. 21-Dec. 18 in Qatar. Here are highlights of AP's coverage leading up to the first World Cup being hosted by a Middle East country. This advisory is meant for your long-term planning. Complete digest lines, move dates and story lengths will be added as plans take further shape, and this advisory will be updated.


Find all World Cup stories, photos, videos, graphics and interactives can be found in AP Newsroom. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories across formats planned is available in Coverage Plan. A dedicated World Cup hub will debut in late September.

The Associated Press will cover every aspect of the World Cup:

- Full coverage of news and features from training camps in Qatar.

- Full text coverage of all matches, photos from every venue.

- The Latest, featuring quick updates from around Qatar, focusing on game results and news, with photos.

- Mobile-friendly items with visuals, ideal for sharing on social media.

- AP video from outside stadiums and around Qatar.

- Stats and agate package with game summaries and a glance that includes scores, schedules and group standings.

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- Live updates on Twitter and Facebook.

In the months leading up to the tournament, the AP will provide:

- SOC-WORLD CUP WATCH. A weekly, chunky text look at all things World Cup related including news, injuries, friendly scores. WILL START MOVING: Aug. 15.

- AP SPORTS EXTRA -- WORLD CUP EDITION: A paginated general preview page presented in broadsheet, half-broadsheet and tabloid options. Contact you local sales rep or Barry Bedlan (bbedlan@ap.org) for more information.

- Videos of every soccer venue ready for social sharing.

- A series of social friendly player profile videos leading into the tournament.

WORLD CUP MOMENTS: Each day in the month before the tournament begins, the AP picks out a moment from World Cup history in photo, text and video.


- SOC-WCUP-Schedule.

- SOC-WCUP-TV Schedule.


AP Sports will provide mobile-friendly chunky-text previews for every World Cup-bound team. The previews will be sent between Oct. 24-27 by group. Those that need updating will be resent on Wednesday, Nov. 16. A capsule look at each team will run on same days as team preview.


Oct. 24: Groups A & B - Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, England, Iran, U.S., Wales

Oct. 25: Groups C & D - Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

Oct. 26: Groups E & F - Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Oct. 27: Groups G & H - Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea


AP EXPLAINERS The AP will run mobile-friendly explainers on a wide-range of topics from Qatari history to how the tournament is run.


A series of stories focusing on the host country: from its rise as a global economic powerhouse and the accusations of corruption surrounding its World Cup bid, to the stadiums, sustainability and fan experience.


Features on the stars of today and tomorrow: Messi and Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappe, Pedri and Pepi.


Deep dives into VAR, recent trends, uniforms, fans, chants and other topics that will drive the conversation before and during the tournament.

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