FIFA has announced that the 2022 Qatar Soccer World Cup will be taking place in the European Winter in a statement by secretary general Jerome Valcke. In the statement made to Radio France yesterday, Valcke had this to say about the changes to the timing of the global tournament:
‘The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June to July. To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest. If you play between November 15 and the end of December that’s the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees.That would be perfect for playing football’.
In my opinion this makes complete sense, given that it would’ve been rather counter-productive trying to get athletes to play in the stonking heat of a desert Summer. Sure some people might argue that it’ll be a considerable hindrance to the European football season, but when you look at the alternative I think you’ll have to agree that this is probably the only way to get out of the bungle of awarding the World Cup usually held in June/July during the footballing break to Qatar in the first place.