FIFA confirm dates for 2022 Qatar World Cup

FIFA have confirmed that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will take place at the end of the year, which is a major shift from their traditional habit of hosting it in the summer.

This particular edition of the World Cup has been hotly debated for a considerable amount of time now, though in March, FIFA finalised the decision to switch it into a Winter World Cup.

The official dates, have now been confirmed, with the World Cup set to kick off on the 21st of November in 2022. The whole tournament will take place within the span of 28 days, with the final set to be hosted on Qatar’s National Holiday, December 18.

This major shift would certainly have an impact on the European football calendar, which will require a certain degree of alteration to it’s calendar, at a point where the football season usually peaks.

There was also minor controversy, as FIFA cancelled a press conference involving Sepp Blatter at the last-hour. Blatter was due to address the media after a FIFA Exco Meeting in Zurich, but it was postponed by an hour, before ultimately being called off.

Had it went on as planned, it would have been Blatter’s first public appearance since the suspension of Jerome Valcke over allegations of him profiting from ticket sales.

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