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Winter Tournament? Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 to Kick Off in November – FIFA Secretary General



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The schedule of the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 is likely to change if the statement by FIFA‘s Secretary General Jerome Valcke is anything to go by.

The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 was scheduled to kick off in June or July in Doha. Jerome who has been given the task of looking at alternative dates due to the fierce heat of the summer in Qatar, states there will be some changes to the agreed plan.

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In a radio interview with France Info, he revealed that “It will not be in June or July. Frankly I think it’ll be played between November 15 and January 15 at latest.”

This means it will be in the Winter.

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But FIFA is shutting down any allegation that the allotted time has been approved by the board. In a statement, FIFA revealed that plans to change course was Jerome’s view and no decision had been taking on the timing.

As the event will not be played until eight-years’ time, the precise date is still an ongoing discussion with the stakeholders.

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Football lovers in the BN hub, what’s your take?

Let us know!


  1. Aibee

    January 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    You don’t want to play soccer in the summer heat in the middle of the dessert. I totally think FIFA & Qatar should work together on scheduling dates that won’t have people dropping from sunstroke and heat exhaustion.

  2. Okechukwu Ofili

    January 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Another clear indication that World Cup are for Europeans =D Afterall I don’t hear any Africans complaining about the cold in the Russia 2018 world cup. But hey that’s just my own opinion.

    • Mimi

      January 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I had a lengthy explanation to show you how shaky the foundation of your argument was but I changed my mind. NWT. No mater how cold the winter is in Russia, they also have a summer and the tournament falls in the summer.

  3. Eve82

    January 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    We need to bring that WC to USA. Qatar is not working for me…btw super excited to be going to Brazil this summer. Go TeamNaija, go TeamUSA!!!

  4. Anon

    January 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    FIFA made a mistake by giving it to Qatar. Votes are cast based on a summer tourney. They now did a turnaround after announcing the country despite the “hidden” report that said it would not be possible to hold the games in the summer. Money has exchanged hands so Blatter has to live with this. It will mess up the football (different leagues) timetable but hey, Blatter doesn’t care.

  5. Timothy

    January 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    FIFA has distanced themselves from the comment of the Sec. Gen. They insist that those were his own personal opinions and not that of FIFA.

  6. tessa

    January 9, 2014 at 9:53 am


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