FIFA to pick dates for 2022 World Cup in Qatar next week

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

The FIFA executive committee will meet on Thursday and Friday of next week and discuss several matters, including deciding the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the host of the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Last month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he wants the final of the 2022 World Cup to be played no later than Dec. 18, while UEFA wants the final to be played on Friday, Dec. 23.

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FIFA previously recommended the tournament be held in November and December because of the extreme heat in Qatar during the summer months, when the World Cup is traditionally held. 

Both France and South Korea made bids for the 2019 Women's World Cup. The 2015 tournament is being held in Canada. 

The meeting of the executive committee will also include a presentation of the finance report from the 2011-2014 financial cycle, which includes final results from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

- Molly Geary

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