FIFA will be under pressure in today’s meeting in Doha as One Task Force committee to take the final decision on 2022 Qatar world cup hosting time period. The meeting is scheduled to hold today in Doha among the one task members. Premier League’s CEO Richard Scudamore is also the member of One Task Force and he has proposed FIFA forcefully to shorten the world cup 2022.
Earlier it is reported that Qatar world cup will be hosted in November/December month to avoid hot summer season of Qatar. One Task Force member told Press Association Sport that committee would talk about reducing the time period of tournament and we would be keen to make sure that world cup to be hosted in winters.
He said, “It is almost certain that November/December will be agreed but the trade-offs will be for a cut in the length of the World Cup and the preparation period beforehand. The leagues have been forceful in arguing that you only need two weeks’ preparation rather than the usual three or four, and that the tournament does not need to be as long as the 32 days it was in Brazil.”
“The players from northern hemisphere clubs, which is the majority, will be fresher than usual and the logistics of Qatar mean it will be less than two hours’ drive to every stadium so there will be no travel days for teams. For example you probably don’t need five days between the semi-final and final – 72 hours should be long enough,” he added.
Britain’s FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce also mentioned that due to Olympic dates we should go with November-December months to host 2022 world cup as Qatar heat in summer can’t be beard by everyone.
Boyce said, “If it’s going to be in Qatar then let’s agree on a date in the winter and look forward to a wonderful World Cup there because you cannot possibly take people there to play it in the summer. My personal preference would be for January/February but then you have problems with the Olympics so if it has to be in November/December then so be it.”
It is expected that if FIFA world cup 2022 is going to be host in winters, then around 50 leagues will be affected due to the tournament’s dates. Most prestigious Premier League wil be affected a lot hence they released a note explaining that world cup will make huge impact on European football.
Premier League said in a statement, “The 2022 Fifa World Cup was bid for and awarded to Qatar as a summer tournament. The prospect of a winter World Cup is neither workable nor desirable for European domestic football.”