The biggest European clubs and leagues would rather have the soccer World Cup at the usual time in the summer of 2022, but not FIFA.
As late as Monday, the International Football Association (FIFA) strongly advocated for hosting the World Cup in Qatar during winter. It was actually submitted as a demand from FIFA.
The medical manager in FIFA said it would be too great a risk to health to host the championship between May and September. It is a period FIFA has already rejected, the secretary general Jerome Valk, said.
Having been in meetings about when the championship in 2022 will be held, FIFA believes that it will played either in November and December or January and February.
- It is likely to be one of these two options, but we have also been asked to consider a World Cup tournament in May, Valk said.
Most of the big European clubs would rather have the tournament in April or May, as then the World Cup is like a marked for them. Also it means that they can play series much like in a normal season, and both financially and in other ways the damage will be minimal.
But the decision is ultimately FIFA's, and all indications are that the FIFA leadership is going to go for a World Cup tournament in the winter in eight years.
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