Global Sports : Winter World Cup Expected

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The final meeting of the 2022 task force is taking place in Doha today when recommendations on the timing of the World Cup in Qatar are expected to confirm a November/December tournament in order to avoid the heat of the summer.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those on the task force and at its last meeting argued for a shortened World Cup to minimise disruption to clubs and leagues, with a shorter preparation period beforehand and fewer international dates that season.
Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce favours a January/February option but accepted that would clash with the Winter Olympics, and said the important thing was to agree to play the tournament in the winter.
Boyce, who sits on FIFA’s executive committee that will have to ratify the task force recommendations, said: “If it’s going to be in Qatar then let’s agree on a date in the winter and look forward to a wonderful World Cup there because you cannot possibly take people there to play it in the summer.”
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian confederation president from Bahrain who is chairing the task force, has made no secret of the fact that November/December remains FIFA’s choice.
He said at the end of January: “The matter is resolved. The period best suited for hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be in November and December because for sure it needs to be played in the winter.”
The European Clubs’ Association has put forward its own proposal for a May/June tournament but figures within the organisation privately admit it has little, if any, chance of success.

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