Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to be played no later than December 18.
Earlier this month a Fifa task force recommended November-December dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup following concerns about soaring summer temperatures.
UEFA has proposed playing the final at the tournament on December 23, just two days before Christmas, to lessen disruption to its own international matches.
That sparked uproar in Britain as it would threaten the traditional festive club programme.
Blatter, speaking for the first time since a FIFA task force confirmed November/December for the World Cup, said: "Not until the 23rd, definitely not. We have to stop at the 18th."
The FIFA president was speaking in Belfast ahead of a meeting of the International FA Board.
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Football Supporters Federation chief executive Kevin Miles has reacted passionately to news that a Fifa task force has recommended the 2022 Qatar World Cup be staged in November and December.
"If you asked a few years ago about what Qatar can contribute to football," Miles explained, "the only thing people would say would be 'money.' That cannot be a healthy basis as being the only criteria with which decision are made."
European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Europe's clubs will deserve to be compensated if the 2022 Qatar World Cup is staged in November and December.
Rummenigge, who is also the chairman of German giants Bayern Munich, was speaking after a Fifa task force today recommended the tournament is played between late November and late December.
A Fifa meeting in Zurich next month is expected to confirm those dates, with wide-ranging consequences for Europe's biggest domestic leagues, many of whom enjoy packed schedules during the calendar year's final two months.
In a statement released to the media today, Rummenigge explained:
All match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such tournament in 2022/23, which requires everyone’s willingness to compromise. However, the European clubs and leagues cannot be expected to bear the costs for such rescheduling. We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause.
The head of Qatar's World Cup organising committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, has promised to deliver "an amazing World Cup" following news that Fifa's task force has recommended staging the 2022 tournament in November and December.
Premier League chief Richard Scudamore explains why European leagues and clubs will suffer the most following a recommendation from Fifa's task force that the 2022 Qatar World Cup should be staged in November and December.
Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has expressed his disappointment after Fifa's task force recommended staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.
The recommendation is likely to be ratified at a Fifa meeting in Zurich next month and would play havoc with the Premier League campaign, which includes a packed schedule of matches during the last two months of the calendar year.
Scudamore feels the UEFA Champions League has been protected by Fifa's decision rather than domestic leagues such as the Premier League.
PL boss Richard Scudamore very disappointed at #FIFA decision on Qatar. Said no real discussion at task force meeting this morning.
PL's Scudamore "it looks like nobody else is giving much up....even UEFA who have let us down a little..CL can start and carry on as always"
Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce will oppose any move to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup final as late as December 23.
The task force announced its recommendation for a "late November to late December" winter World Cup following a meeting in Doha, and also said that the tournament should be shortened.
Boyce, from Northern Ireland, said moving the World Cup to the winter was a "common sense" decision but that a final on December 23, which is reportedly one of the options, would be too close to Christmas and the traditional festive matches.
I think that is too close to Christmas - that's the only reservation I would have and I would like it a week earlier, but I want to wait until the FIFA executive committee meeting to hear all the details about the dates.
It will cause a lot of disruption but it is eight years away and people should have enough time to make it work.
The chief of Fifa's task force into the 2022 Qatar World Cup admits a series of concerns were expressed after it was recommended that the tournament be staged in November and December.
The head of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA meeting next month, when the recommendation is expected to be ratified by the executive committee of world soccer's governing body.
Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you're going to take will have some questions about it.
But we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody. There are no plans to reduce the size of the tournament from 32 teams or 64 matches, but the tournament would be shortened by a matter of days.
The FIFA statement confirmed the task force had recommended a shorter tournament
It said: "The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined inline with the match schedule and number of venues to be used for the 22nd edition of football's flagship event.
"The proposed event dates have the full support of all six confederations. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA executive committee, scheduled to take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 and 20 March 2015. "
The statement said the task force was exploring the option of staging the Confederations Cup in another Asian confederation country during the traditional June/July window in 2021, and using another FIFA competition such as the Club World Cup as the operational test event for Qatar in November/December 2021.