FIFA winter World Cup probe

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.

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Blatter to address Qatar migrant workers issue

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will travel to Qatar to raise the issue of mistreatment of migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

It follows an investigation which revealed that dozens of Nepalese workers have died in Qatar this year.

Sepp Blatter said he will raise the migrant workers issue with Qatar's new Emir. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

"It is a responsibility not only for Qatar but the construction companies, and there are many European companies working there," Blatter said.

"We cannot turn a blind eye but we cannot make a direct intervention - but the Qatar government have confirmed they will do so."

Winter World Cup decision 'in 2015 at the earliest'

FIFA member Michel D'Hooghe has claimed it will be 2015 at the earliest before a final decision is made on the dates of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Asked when a FIFA taskforce might make a decision about moving the tournament to the winter, the Belgian said: "At the earliest in 2015. We need some concrete information - this will not be done in two days."

However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: ""It cannot be later than 2015 - probably the end of 2014."


Premier League welcomes Qatar 2022 consultation

The Premier League said it welcomes FIFA's plan to consult major football leagues over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

We welcome the news that FIFA intends to conduct a thorough consultation process involving all of the appropriate stakeholders, including confederations, associations, leagues and clubs.

– Premier League statement

The League's chief executive Richard Scudamore has previously been strongly opposed to the idea of a winter World Cup.

Blatter plans 'deep consulation' over World Cup move

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.

– Sepp Blatter

No decision on winter World Cup until after Brazil 2014

FIFA will wait until after the Brazil 2014 World Cup before deciding on Qatar 2022. Credit: EFE/Felipe Trueba

A decision on whether to move the Qatar 2022 World Cup to the winter will not be made until after next year's World Cup in Brazil, FIFA chiefs in Zurich agreed today.

The football governing body's executive committee will set up a commision to consider moving the tournament, but it will not make any decision before the 2014 showpiece in South America.

FIFA is looking at moving the tournament in Qatar due to the extreme heat in June and July, when the World Cup is due to be held.

Qatar World Cup organisers insist they can hold it an any time of the year, using cooling technology to lessen the effect of the heat.


FIFA commission to consider moving Qatar World Cup

Computer image of one of the proposed Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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Beckham: Moving World Cup to winter 'a big decision'

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.

FIFA's executive committee will decide on moving the tournament from the summer to avoid the extreme heat Credit: Press Association

How would a winter World Cup change the season?

As FIFA chiefs in Zurich today ponder moving the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter, The Times (£) has devised a potential calendar for the 2022/23 English football season.

The paper suggests the Premier League campaign could start in June, almost two months earlier than normal, with the FA Cup final taking place nearly a year later.

How the 2022/23 football season could look:

  • Sat, 23 Jun: Premier League season starts
  • Tue, 9 Aug: Champions League group stages begin
  • Wed, 2 Nov: Champions League groups finish
  • Nov 17 - Dec 18: World Cup
  • Mon, 26 Dec: Premier League resumes
  • Sat, 28 May: Champions League final
  • Sun, 11 June: Premier League finishes
  • Sat, 17 June: FA Cup final
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