After months and years of speculation, it is now “a done deal” that the 2022 World Cup will by played during the months of November and December, according to a report by SI‘s Grant Wahl.
Wahl also reports that not only will the tournament be played during the winter, but that it will in fact be played in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, the nation selected to host the tournament back in 2010.
The average temperature highs in Qatar during the months of June and July, when the tournament usually takes place, are 102 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, while the average highs in November and December are a much more manageable 84 and 75.
Speaking during Fox Sports’ Champions League pre-game coverage on Wednesday, Wahl reported the following:
“Multiple sources are telling me it’s now a done deal that World Cup 2022 will take place in November and December 2022 in Qatar. A FIFA taskforce will meet in Doha next week and they’ll make a recommendation publicly, then the FIFA Executive Committee will make a final decision next month in Zurich.”
Moving the 2022 World Cup means the 2022-23 European season will be greatly affected, as the continent’s major leagues will be forced to take a near-month-long break in the middle of their season, much like Major League Soccer has done in recent years. According to Wahl, a number of international dates during the 2022-23 season will be dropped to help finish Europe’s club season on time.
Early, bold prediction: European clubs playing millions to the World Cup’s biggest stars will not be happy about this. Not one bit.
If only there were a simpler solution to this whole ordeal that didn’t require so much chaos and restructuring of the soccer calendar. Something, you know, like not awarding a summertime tournament to a country that frequently sees temperatures over 120 degrees. If only places unlike that had actually bid to host that tournament.