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FIFA task force mulls options for Qatar World Cup in 2022

Officials say they are 'getting closer' to picking a date for the tournament and will meet again in early 2015

FIFA task force mulls options for Qatar World Cup in 2022
FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (AFP/Getty Images)

The FIFA task force set up to assess date options for the Qatar World Cup in 2022 met on Monday but will not make a final decision until next year.

Officials meeting in Zurich said they were "getting closer" to deciding on a date to hold the tournament in the Gulf state, adding that the two favourite options are January/February or November/December when the temperatures will be cooler.

But FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke also said the task force has also been asked to consider May as a possible option by European football chiefs to lessen the impact on domestic competitions.

At the meeting, opened by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and chaired by AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Qatar 2022 organisers reiterated their capability to host either a summer or winter tournament.

Professor Jiří Dvořák, FIFA chief medical officer, provided a report on the medical concerns related to player safety and fan safety if the World Cup was to be held between May and September.

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement: “We are pleased with the level of detail provided by the participants and with the productive discussions that took place today. We now have a greater understanding of where each of the stakeholders is coming from and we will carefully consider these opinions as we move forward towards defining the international match calendar.”

Further consultations are expected, with the task force due to hold its next meeting in early 2015.

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Jamal 5 years ago

Why on earth no one is discussing all cockups of Sepp Blatter . and what about making the latest report public.

Lynne 5 years ago

Glad to see that Emirates have decided not to continue with their sponsorship of FIFA, its only with this type of action with the committee understand the distrust that the general public globally now have of this organisation.

who2 5 years ago

Correct Lynne.
But you watch Qatar airways jump in here pretty quick!
FIFA wont suffer in anyway. The fans do though.
Nothing changes.