It’s official: the 2022 World Cup is going to be ongoing during your Thanksgiving dinner (or breakfast).
FIFA has decided to begin the Qatar World Cup on Nov. 21, and will cram the entire tournament into less than a month’s worth of days. The tournament will end on Dec. 18 — Qatar’s national holiday — making it a 28-day event, four fewer than usual.
That means the congested club calendar around Christmas and New Year’s will likely step up a notch. The shorter World Cup is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and league in mid-season, according to FIFA.
The calendar approved Friday means clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 – one week before the opening match.