New dates recommended for Qatar


Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A FIFA task force has recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November/December.

The task force has also recommended the World Cup should be shortened in compensation for moving the tournament to the winter to avoid the fierce heat of June/July.

FIFA’s executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 will make the final decision after the task force recommended “end-November/end-December as the most viable period for the 2022 FIFA World Cup”, said a FIFA statement.

The FIFA statement confirmed the task force had recommended a shorter tournament.

It said: “The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined inline with the match schedule and number of venues to be used for the 22nd edition of football’s flagship event.

“The proposed event dates have the full support of all six confederations. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA executive committee, scheduled to take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 and 20 March 2015. “

The statement said the task force was exploring the option of staging the Confederations Cup in another Asian confederation country during the traditional June/July window in 2021, and using another FIFA competition such as the Club World Cup as the operational test event for Qatar in November/December 2021.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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