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FIFA Says World Cup 2022 Will Move to Winter, But Then Backtracks On News

In the world’s worst kept secret, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said today that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer.

In an interview with a French radio station, Valcke said:

“The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.

“If you play between November 15 and, let’s say, the end of December, it’s the time when the weather is the most favorable.

“You play with a temperature equivalent to that of a rather hot spring in Europe, you play with a temperature of 25 degrees (Celsius), which is perfect to play football,”

However, once news spread of Valcke’s comments, FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce was shocked by Valcke’s mention, and said that only FIFA’s executive committee could decide when the tournament would be played.

FIFA quickly backtracked by stating that a decision has not been reached yet, and that the announcement wouldn’t be made until after FIFA World Cup 2014 this summer.

However, despite reports that FOX Sports was opposed to World Cup 2022 being switched from summer to winter — and that FIFA had held secret talks with FOX Sports late last year, it appears extremely likely that FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in November and December 2022. The only step that’s remaining is for FIFA to rubber stamp the decision at their next Executive Committee meeting.

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  1. Lon

    January 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    It’s a great idea moving the World Cup to winter. The players will be fresher, which bodes well for everyone involved. I laugh at your assertion that going against the NFL is detrimental to the World Cup. World Cup fans will always clamor for it, no matter when its played.

  2. Dan

    January 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    We are bunch of stupid Americans. That’s what I get from Fifa choosing Qatar. How could you give them the World Cup? I bet it has nothing to do with the fact that they have a lot of money. To move the world cup to winter is just ridiculous and I hope their is a massive outcry and it gets moved back to June.

  3. AJ

    January 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Any country that bid should file injunctions. It’s a practice done here in my state. You can temporarily stop that World Cup from happening.

    A high school in my home state go the state championship football game delayed an entire week.

    Since this is on a bigger scale I’m sure you could delay it a few months.

    • CTBlues

      January 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      All that needs to happen is the big European leagues have to say they are not moving or delaying their season and not releasing the players to participate.

  4. David

    January 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    FIFA is a complete joke. Qatar bid on the World Cup to host it in the summer. Changing the World Cup to winter is not fair to the other countries who bid such as the USA and Australia. It was known all along hosting the World Cup in Qatar during the summer is not feasible. Qatar should have never been awarded the World Cup. FIFA should compensate the USA and Australia for the money they spent bidding.

    • CTBlues

      January 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      TV networks should be compensated for the lost revenue because they are not going to be able to sell ads as high for the WC in that time period as they would if it was in the summer.

  5. rick

    January 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Even China would be better than Qatar!

  6. rick

    January 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    How stupid can FIFA be? Give the World Cup to the US, Austraila or England. Countries that will be ready and won’t have stadiums built where construction workers are treated like the Pyramid workers were.

  7. Paul

    January 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Wonder what will happen to the FIFA Club World Cup that year seeing as that takes place in December? They really haven’t thought this through because by moving one FIFA event, it already directly impacts and lessens another FIFA event. That’s before you’ve even started to think about the other confederations.

    Mr Blatter – it’s time to pack it in!

  8. Paul

    January 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

    It’s a farce. It’s a complete strategic nightmare for European domestic leagues, and then there’s the Champions League amongst others. The best thing they could do is scrap Qatar entirely and award it to the US as the runner-up… but we know that’ll never happen!

    It’s been known all along that during the summer months in Qatar it gets so hot you physically can’t go outside… but money and bought votes speak loudest.

  9. Guy

    January 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Is there a more bumbling, incompetent leadership group in the sports world?

    On second thought….forget I asked. 😉

  10. CTBlues

    January 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The ratings for matches on Saturdays and Sundays that kickoff at 8pm or later Qatar time are going to suck in the US because they will be going head to head with the NFL, college football, and Christmas shoppers. Oh, can’t forget the last Thursday of November is Thanksgiving and NFL. The following Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the Friday and Saturday is rivalry weekend for college football. Then Christmas at the end of December. This is a complete joke.

    • CTBlues

      January 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Oh, I forgot to mention that is the busiest time of the year for sports. The NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS playoffs, college football and basketball are all going on at the same time in the US.

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