FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that football's governing body will begin a consultation process looking at the impact of moving the tournament to the winter.
Blatter told a news conference in Zurich:
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar. There you have it. We have decided we are going to carry out consultations. These will include all the participants in the World Cup and stakeholders including players, clubs, leagues, national associations confederations and FIFA.
There are also economic partners involved be they from marketing, the media and television and we need to bear in mind our obligations to these partners.
We need to carry out very deep consultations and investigations and show some diplomacy and wisdom.
David Beckham told ITV News today that football's governing body, FIFA, faced a "big decision" over whether to switch the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the hot summer months. But Beckham said he was confident the Qataris would make the event special, whenever it is held.
FIFA is to take the first step towards holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after its executive committee agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament.
It is understood there was no discussion about who would join the commission at today's FIFA summit in Zurich, although Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those expected to be approached.
David Beckham has told ITV News that moving the World Cup to winter is "a big decision" for FIFA. Football's world governing body is expected to take the first step towards moving the tournament by appointing a task force to oversee the process.
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