As the 2022 FIFA World Cup inches closer and closer to an official winter start date, clubs and organizations around the world are stating their reactions to the unprecedented move.
CONCACAF, the confederation for North and Central America along with the Caribbean is the latest to do so, as the organization released a statement Tuesday that approves of the change, citing the health and safety of its constituent players and fans.
Considering the welfare of our players and fans as the main priority, CONCACAF fully supports the recommendation made by the special task force to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in the November-December timeframe. Ultimately, the decision to hold the event in winter shall be ratified in Zurich on the 19th and 20th of March, after a thorough analysis by FIFA's Executive Committee.
A FIFA task force officially recommended that the World Cup move from its traditional June-July timeframe to a November-December schedule earlier on Tuesday. As SI.com's Grant Wahl reported last week, FIFA's Executive Committee is all but assured of ratifying the move in March.