2022 World Cup Could Be Winter Affair

Jan 7, 2011
Outside Magazine

Sepp Blatter FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday that the 2022 World Cup will probably be staged in January rather than June or July, Reuters reports.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar, where summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Temperatures in the winter months are far more comfortable.

"We have time to look at this question," Blatter said. "It is still 11 years away, but we must decide the most adequate period for a successful World Cup, which means January or the end of the year." Typical temperature in Qatar in January are between 20 and 30 C (68 and 86 F).

Reuters also had Blatter as saying that the Qatari football association is now responsible for organizing the World Cup, and they would work closely with FIFA in the years ahead to guarantee a successful tournament.

--Michael Webster

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