World Cup in Qatar set to kick off in November

first_img1 Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the 2022 World Cup host A FIFA taskforce has recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should take place in November and December.It has also recommended the World Cup should be shortened in compensation for moving the tournament to the winter.The tournament was always expected to be shifted from its usual June-July dates with temperatures soaring to above 40 degrees in the Gulf state during the summer months.FIFA agreed to set up a working group to look into alternative dates and consult with broadcasters, sponsors and influential European leagues.Following a six-month consultation process, the taskforce, which included Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, duly put forward their recommendations after meeting in Doha on Tuesday.FIFA’s executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 will now make the final decision on when the World Cup will be held.“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,” said taskforce chairman Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.“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.”last_img

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