On Monday, FIFA continue to be in the news as current President Sepp Blatter confirmed he would run for a fifth-consecutive term in charge of world soccer’s governing body and also revealed TV reviews will be trialed for the first time during games.
On top of that news comes yet another update on the saga which the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has become.
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FIFA have announced that the World Cup will either be played in January or November 2022 to combat the extreme summer heat in the tiny Middle Eastern nation. It will be the first World Cup in history to not be played in the traditional summer months.
Now that FIFA has finally, irrevocably and indefinitely ruled the tournament will be the first-ever World Cup played during winter months in the northern Hemisphere, a good thing for everyone involved, now the debate over which winter months the tournament will be played in will rumble on. We have this to look forward to, folks.
It seems as though having the World Cup in November is the front runner, as a January to February World Cup will clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics, which FIFA have previously said won’t happen. According to the details released by FIFA, the executive committee will meet in March at their Zurich headquarters to vote on when the World Cup will take place.
The decision they make will have huge implications on the way league’s are structured for a year before and after the World Cup, as the Premier League and Europe’s other top divisions will have to halt play for two months during the 2021-22 campaign and the season will have to be lengthened into the summer, while the 2022-23 season will kick off late. The impact of hosting this World Cup will be huge on club teams across Europe and the rest of the world.
All of that planning needs to be put in place now, eight years ahead of time, as clubs sides continue to get upset about the idea of their schedule being thrown out of line. However, with the temperatures simply unsafe during the Qatari summer, the only option is to host the event during the winter months.
With so many questions already surrounding the tournament due to the bribery and corruptions claims, migrant workers reportedly being put in danger and the skepticism about hosting a showpiece tournament in a country slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut… is all of this really worth it? No doubt it will be one of the most lavish and expensively assembled World Cups ever seen, but the upheaval, distress and uproar the 2022 World Cup plans have already caused fair outweigh FIFA’s aim to take the tournament to developing nations and regions across the planet.
Between now and next March, expect to hear plenty of debate about one thing surrounding Qatar: November or January?