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Football: Qatar 2022 to kick off in late November, FIFA proposes

The graphic illustrates the constraints of when the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be held in Qatar. Images: 2022 LOC.

The graphic illustrates the constraints of when the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be held in Qatar. Images: 2022 LOC.

February 24, 2015: The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is likely to be held from late November through December of 2022, following a recommendation by FIFA’s Task Force for the International Match Calendar 2018-2024, which held its third and final meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

 

The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee, scheduled to take place in Zurich from March 19-20.

 

The Task Force – chaired by AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa – was also exploring the option of staging the FIFA Confederations Cup 2021 in another AFC country during the traditional June/July window.

 

Another FIFA competition – potentially the Club World Cup – could be relocated to Qatar in November/December 2021 to serve as the operational test event for the World Cup .

 

Various proposals for alternative dates to June/July for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were assessed at the three task force meetings, with league representatives once again emphasising the impact that a November/December tournament would have on their respective calendars.

 

The November/December recommendation took into account the 2022 Winter Olympics from February 4-20, the month of Ramadan beginning on April 2, and that consistently hot conditions prevail in Qatar from May to September. For legal reasons, the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup must be played within the calendar year 2022.

 

Sheikh Salman said: “We are very pleased that, after careful consideration of the various opinions and detailed discussions with all stakeholders, we have identified what we believe to be the best solution for the 2018-2024 international match calendar and football in general.

 

“It was a challenging task and I want to thank all members of the football community for their productive input and constructiveness in helping to find a solution that we believe can work for everyone.”

 

The recommendation has already drawn criticism as the original 2022 hosting bid was to stage a tournament in the World Cup’s traditional June/July window. Australia, Japan, South Korea and the USA were the four other bidding nations for the tournament.

 

Source: FIFA (www.fifa.com); Editing by SportAsia

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