FIFA proposes January, November start dates for 2022 World Cup

Monday September 8th, 2014

FIFA has proposed starting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in either January or November, the Associated Press reports.

The alternative start dates have been suggested to avoid playing during the excessive heat during the summer in Qatar. The organizing committee has said it will have air-conditioned stadiums to offset the summer weather.

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The 2022 Olympics will likely be played during February, which makes the January start date appear unlikely. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told IOC president Thomas Bach the two events will not overlap, according to the report.

FIFA's executive committee will meet in Zurich in March and is expected to reach a final decision about when the 2022 World Cup will be played. Additional meetings will be held in November and February to discuss which dates will work best for the tournament.

The 2022 World Cup has been controversial since it was awarded to Qatar in 2010. Qatar has been criticized for its harsh treatment of migrant workers, who are building infrastructure for the event. The Guardian reported last year that around 4,000 workers were expected to die by time the tournament takes place. 

An investigation by The Telegraph earlier this year also alleged that the Gulf state had bribed FIFA officials to secure hosting rights. Qatar has denied wrongdoing

Russia will host the tournament in 2018. 

- Paul Palladino

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