• November-December World Cup most likely
  • Fifa to review decision in March
  • Summer temperatures in Qatar can reach 40C

Officials from the 2022 Qatar World Cup committee have concluded that if the tournament is going to be held in the winter months, it should take place during November and December.

Members of football’s governing body, Fifa, met in Doha to discuss the different options following concerns of the Gulf state’s ability to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup during the summer heat.

An April and May tournament is understood to be the most favourable timing for some of Europe’s football associations. But with Ramadan falling during this period, and a January-February tournament clashing with the Winter Olympics, the organisers are left with few other options.

A spokesperson from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy office told MEED last month that Qatar remains committed to a summer tournament and, until told otherwise, all parties involved in the design and construction of facilities are working towards hosting the tournament during the summer, which will include climate controlled arenas.

And while there is no doubt Qatar is well equipped to provide the relevant finance for state-of-the-art stadiums with air conditioning, the concerns are focused around the environmental impacts, structural feasibility and the often overlooked issue of fan zones and surrounding areas that will be difficult to manage.

The recommendation for a winter tournement is expected to be reviewed by Fifa’s executive committee in Zurich on 19-20 March.

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