FIFA edged closer to holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after it agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament. However, no decision will be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Instead, I think Fifa will reach out to its stakeholders, the domestic leagues that will be so badly affected by a future switch and the TV companies who pay so much money to cover the events, to see whether a compromise or consensus can be made.
But for those hoping for a straight winter-summer decision tomorrow, I think they will be disappointed.
Asked about allegations of corruption and the treatment of migrant workers as well as the continuing speculation over moving the World Cup to the winter, the head of the Qatar 2022 organising committee told ITV News:
A lot of these issues arise and always paint a certain picture with no basis whatsoever.
Our focus is to show the critics with our results on the ground.
– HASSAN AL THAWADI, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE QATAR 2022 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Speaking after naming his England squad to compete in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, he said: "As far as I am concerned at the moment there is more than enough for me to think about, concern myself about, even to some extent worry about, because I am so desperate that we qualify (for Brazil 2014)."
He added: "I think I'll leave the subject of Qatar to people who will have a much more philosophical view on the subject than I have at this moment in time."
Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee, has told ITV News that the issue of whether the World Cup should be moved from summer to winter is "very important" to the football community and that the committee are still focusing on a summer World Cup.
The change of timing is a very important issue for the football community. For Qatar our focus is on a summer World Cup, the legacy elements behind a summer World Cup are of such magnitude and impact that we continue with our preparations, if it is in winter, we'll still continue with our preparations.
– Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee
Qatar said it could accommodate changing the date of the 2022 World Cup after concerns were raised about the soaring temperatures in the Gulf state, which could reach 50 degrees celsius in summer months.
FIFA's executive committee is due to decide later this week on the principle of moving the tournament, and is expected to agree that it should be changed from its usual time of June and July to earlier or later in the year due to the extreme heat during those months.
Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said: "We committed significant time and resources toward proving that we could host the tournament in summer in cool, comfortable and safe conditions.
"If the international football community reaches a consensus to move the event to an alternate date, we are able to accommodate that change. This would not affect our planning and preparation."