FIFA Confirm Qatar 2022 World Cup Will Begin In November And End Before Christmas

Chris Wright

25th, September 2015



FIFA have officially confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be over and done with before Christmas.

As announced today, the tournament will begin on 21st November and the final will be played on 18th December – Qatar’s national holiday.

The keen-eyed among you may have noticed that we’ll be getting a 28-day World Cup, which is four fewer than usual. This is FIFA’s attempt to make as little impact on domestic football as possible.

Of course, the timing will still cause chaos among leagues (the Premier League is scheduled to restart six days later on Boxing Day, for example) and cups the world over, but if it means we get to avoid watching players being griddled alive in the searing heat of the Qatari summer then it’s probably for the best to break with tradition this once.

What a festival of shite this has all become.

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  1. Murray says:

    Qatar bid for the World Cup in the first place with the assurance that they could host a summer event while relying on “technology” to keep anyone from “being griddled alive in the searing heat of the Qatari summer.”

    If anything, all this shows is the Qatari bid was a load of shit (surprise?) and the had business getting the tournament. The deal WAS that they prepare for an event from June to July. If they already shown they can’t provide that by only 2015, they have FAILED.

    Fans and of the club sport have no reason to accept their domestic leagues go on hiatus or continue without their top players. And club organizers shouldn’t accept the loss of revenue for themselves. There will be lawsuits to dispute a World Cup move.

  2. usrick says:

    Yes, there likely will be lawsuits – which will change nothing. The lawsuits will be about compensation of lost income and the like and will not change when the World Cup is played.

  3. maria says:

    Doesn’t Fifa require that player get a minimum amount of time off to ‘rest’ before tournaments? Wouldn’t this mean leagues would be suspended from the end of October/ start of November?

    Doesn’t bother me too much. I doubt that even by 2022 Oxford will be in the top flight…

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