The 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be shortened and staged in November and December, a FIFA task force has recommended.
The proposal had been widely expected after the task force, led by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, ruled out the possibility of playing the tournament in May and said a clash with the Winter Olympics, held in January, would be undesirable.
“Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you’re going to take will have some questions about it,” Sheikh Salman. “But we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody.”
A FIFA statement read: “The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined in line 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 March 19 and 20, 2015.”
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.
If ratified in Zurich in March, the recommendations will set Fifa on a collision course with major European leagues who prefer an April-May option to minimise disruption to their lucrative domestic programmes.
Read more at ESPN