Winter World Cup 2022 plans backed

A number of key figures in the running of football have offered their backing to proposals which would see the 2022 World Cup held in winter months, BBC Sport has reported.

The Middle Eastern state was controversially awarded the right to host the tournament back in 2010, and the decision has attracted much criticism since, with FIFA having admitted that is would be impossible to stage matches during the summer due to high temperatures.

While the scheduling of club matches remains an ongoing issue, and some of Europe’s leading teams have asked FIFA to consider holding the event in May 2022, a winter World Cup has long been in the pipeline.

Talks at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Monday is reported to have resulted in support for the competition to take place in January and February 2022, despite initial fears that it could clash with that year’s Winter Olympics, which will either be staged in the Chinese capital Beijing or the Kazakh city of Almaty.

The discussions about the staging of the World Cup are set to continue over the coming months, and a FIFA taskforce has been appointed to find a solution to the problem, and to look at the whole international football calendar for between 2018 and 2024.

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