Qatar dates confirmed for November and December
Fifa has formally confirmed the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December
Fifa has formally confirmed the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December, with the final on 18 December.
It means Premier League fixtures, and possibly Football League too, will be suspended for at least six weeks from mid-November and will probably resume in time for Boxing Day.
The Qatar decision was announced at a meeting of Fifa's executive committee in Zurich, after which Fifa's director of communications, Walter di Grigorio, said the tournament would almost certainly be shortened, to minimise disruption to the rest of the football calendar. The last World Cup in Brazil lasted 32 days.
"Based on the proposal of the task force, we're going to try to play in 28 days," he said. "We have to see with the international match calendar how this might be possible."
Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, also announced the 2019 Women's World Cup would take place in France.
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