On the day of the draw for the 2022 World Cup final round, FIFA also introduced a mascot named La’eeb.
Khalid Ali Al Mawlawi, Deputy Director General, Marketing, Communications and Tournament Experience, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “We are delighted to unveil La’eeb as the Official Mascot for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world. He comes from the mascot-verse – a place that is indescribable. We encourage everyone to imagine what it looks like.”
“We are sure fans everywhere will love this fun and playful character. La’eeb will play a vital role as we engage fans young and old in Qatar’s FIFA World Cup experience,” added Al Mawlawi.
La’eeb will be known for his youthful spirit; spreading joy and confidence everywhere he goes.
La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player.
The World Cup 2022 will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022 and will be held for the first time in winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
At the time of the 2022 World Cup group stage draw, only 29 out of 32 teams had been identified. The remaining 3 slots include 2 winners of the intercontinental play-off and 1 winner of the European region A play-off final.