Fifa confirms 2022 World Cup will not be in summer

2014-01-08 14:19

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Paris – The 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer months, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke has 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,” he told France Inter Radio today.

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

“You play with a temperature equivalent to that of a rather hot spring in Europe, you play with a temperature of 25°C, which is perfect to play football.”

In October, Fifa delayed making a decision on whether to play the tournament in the winter, saying it was setting up a consultation process to decide when the finals should be held.

At the time, soccer’s world governing body announced it would reach a conclusion sometime after this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Valcke’s surprise announcement today came more than three years after Qatar was originally awarded the tournament in December 2010.

The average temperature in the summer months in Qatar can be between 35°C and 45°C.

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