Fifa to select WC 2022 dates

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The tournament looks to be heading for the winter months in order to miss the extreme heat of the Asian country’s summer season.

Fifa today revealed that it has narrowed down the possible dates for staging the Qatar World Cup to January/February 2022 or November/December 2022, but has been asked to consider a third option by a host of top European clubs.

A task force set up by the Fifa Executive Committee met in Zurich on Monday to discuss the best possible dates that Qatar should host the world showpiece.

“We are getting closer to narrowing the dates for the FIFA World Cup to two options – January/February 2022 or November/December 2022 – but FIFA has also been asked to consider May 2022,” said Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke.

“We will summarise what we’ve heard today and provide feedback to all parties in order for them to prepare for the next meeting as we progress towards a final decision.”

A third option was presented by The EPFL [European Professional Football Leagues] and ECA [European club Association].to stage the event in April/May 2022.

Local organising committee representative Hassan Al Thawadi said their preferred option would be to stage it in the winter, yet January/February 2022 is a doubt due to the dates clashing with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Further meetings are expected, with a decision rumoured to be finalised in March next year.

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