FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has said in an interview that the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar will not be in the summer months.
The news comes after concerns had been raised by numerous football associations and national teams that the typical summer temperature in Qatar would be dangerous for both players and fans.
Valcke confirmed in an interview with Radio France that “The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June-July.”
He added “If you play between 15 November and the end of December that’s the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees, that would be perfect for playing football.”
One of FIFA’s chief inspectors, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, stated in October that even with cooling equipment in stadiums, the potential health effects on top athletes and fans alike would be dangerous.
Official dates for the tournament will be confirmed in December, according to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.