By Andy Sambidge
European Club Association says it prefers Spring date over winter dates proposed by FIFA chiefs
The European Club Association (ECA) has urged FIFA to consider holding the Qatar World Cup in 2022 in May rather than in the winter.
Football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced last month that the most likely time slots for the tournament would be either January/February or November/December 2022.
But the ECA, in conjunction with the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), which proposes playing the tournament in May and early June without putting the health of players, supporters and officials at risk.
"It is proposed that the May 2022 period (May option) is the most appropriate period to host the World Cup in Qatar in alternative to June-July," the ECA said in a statement, adding that the tournament should begin on May 5 and end on June 4.
"This would limit the number of World Cup games in June to two or even one (in case it is decided that the match for the third place is removed)," the statement added.
The ECA said May was the best option "since it retains the logical calendar order and avoids compressing such an important competition as the World Cup in the middle of the traditional and busy club Football season (winter season)".
It claimed the May 2022 option provides acceptable climatic conditions with regard to both players and fans, with temperatures similar to some cities in Brazil during the FIFA 2014 World Cup and still better than some games played at the World Cups In Mexico (1986) and USA (1994).
"Unlike in the winter options, the May option prevents players, especially the top players, from competing in an over-stretched season whereby they would be forced to having two consecutive season peaks of high importance, being the World Cup (winter) and the domestic/European competitions (May/June)," the ECA said.
It added that the impact on the international calendar with a World Cup in May would be "extremely limited or insignificant".
It also said the Ramadan period would be finished (May 2) before the arrival of the fans in Qatar.
I think march and April is best in 2022, since it's before ramadhan and weather is not hot and not cold and Qatar is already making grounds with air coolers so its perfect time. One of the European event can be shift in consultation with FIFA. Why these people are making it more ego issue than humanity issue. If they are worried about weather and players health issue in summer heat of middle east they should put their heads down and solve this issue together with FIFA rather making it stiff.