By Neil King
UEFA chief says 2022 World Cup has to take place during winter months
Head of UEFA, Michel Platini, has leant his support to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar under two conditions; those of timing and geography.
The European football boss told Bild newspaper: “Because of the heat the World Cup will need to be held in winter. With over 40 degrees (Celsius) playing football is impossible and for the fans it would also be unbearable.
“Also, the neighbouring emirates must be included so that the World Cup is staged throughout the entire region.”
The timing of the 2022 tournament has been an intense topic of conversation since Qatar was controversially awarded the World Cup by FIFA in 2010. Traditionally held in the summer, arguments have taken place as to whether the heat in the Gulf will be too much for players and fans alike. Alternative plans for the first ever winter tournament – when temperatures will be closer to 17 degrees Celsius – have been mooted but as yet there is no working group within FIFA to review the idea.
However, general secretary of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, said recently that if medical reports showed that summer temperatures in Qatar would be dangerously high, then the event could be moved.
On the topic of where the World Cup will take place, critics have questioned whether Qatar has the necessary infrastructure to stage the event.
Countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait could be called upon to help stage the tournament by hosting matches and providing accommodation for the huge number of fans which are expected to arrive in the region.
Valcke added that a decision about the logistics of the 2022 World Cup would not be made for at least a few more years, saying: “As long as we have not fixed the international calendar all alternatives are open.
“The international calendar has been agreed for 2015 to 2018, meaning that we kept open all potential for the period 2019 to 2022. We have time.
“I think it would be good to have a final decision about when this World Cup will be played and have an agreement between all the football family but it’s in 2022, nine years, and we have two World Cups to organise in Brazil and Russia, so there is some time.”
shock news it's hot is qater in summer!!!!!!!!!
what a surprise. Fifa are STUPID ( not shock news )
Still time to find a more sutable venue but you might have to give the bags of money back......
What a devastating blow to Qatar . I am sure there will be dancing in the streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi . Perhaps Kuwait and Bahrain will also want there fair share of games now. Here in North America we are also are big losers . Winter games will destroys 400 million potential fans participation in the games. Not sure about the Mexican market but that's another 140 million there and that's a lot of lost TV revenue and international exposure my friends. My condolences to Qatar .
I just can't wait until all the usual suspects start commenting about how all of this is a Western plot and everyone is just jealous of Qatar.
It is well documented and reported that the bid was for a summer tournament. Secondly, even Australia had asked for bidding for a winter tournament, but declined. Thirdly, even the Qatar bid has included measures to over the heat problem in his country in summer. Then how come the successful bidder, Qatar, can change. How come the health problem is an issue as there is air-conditioning provision in Qatar's bid. If Qatar submits an official changing proposal then it means Qatar admits his proposal of using air-conditioning system to overcome their extreme weather is not workable. That is to say that once FIFA receives Qatar's application, FIFA can cancel legitimately his offer of the holding right to Qatar. Then there should be a re-bidding process again, or award the right to the runner up, USA. On the other hand, should FIFA accepts this kind of changing proposal then all other bidders (Japan, Korea, Australia & USA) can start their sue procedure against the decision made by FIFA.
Qatar never expected the neighboring country's success to be shared with them. Their success is for them, ours is for us. I wonder how much they paid you Michel Platini.
Just another example of the bag carriers in FIFA running a personal club.
Open it up for bidding once again and let all equally bid for a tournament at any time of the year
Bad headline. They do not have to share it.
This is only the suggestions of Platini and he has hardly been straightforward throughout this process either.
Sometimes I think that FIFA are making it up as they go along.
Well, they DO have that thing that usually sparks jealousy in people (especially Western people who obviously cannot bear the thought of that thing being in the hands of Non-Westerners): the highest per capita income in the world!
In the end the West is just made up of people, individuals, who have built-in jealousy and an overall (and mis-placed sense of superiority). Plus the fact that the West cannot accept that the future does not lay in their hands and that it's in fact becoming this old historical relic of what once was. Things like a World Cup can just become just salt on the very open wound.
@Telcoguy I just wanna say that a game in which the ball is barely touched with the feet cannot steal away the name of one that is 90% played by touching the ball with the feet. Thus what we're talking about here is "football" and not "soccer" ;)
If you don't like the usual's suspects comments, you can leave Arabian Business. :P
I have lived in the Gulf region for the past five years, including six months in Qatar. It gets so hot in the Summer that you cannot even sit outside, never mind play football. These stadiums better be well air conditioned. But the Qatari restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol may turn out to be an even bigger issue than the heat for the fans. I am one of the skeptics.