2022 World Cup To Be In Winter

FIFA confirmed yesterday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a winter World Cup, the final of which is to be held on the 18th of December. The World Cup is also reported to have been shorted from 31-32 days to 28 to help European clubs better cope with the break in their seasons.

The move is a good one in all honesty. The temperatures in Qatar can reach over 100-110 degrees in the summer, and the move to the winter where it averages in the 70s is a solid one in terms of player safety. Having said that the final being on the 18th also allows for the English festive run of matches, usually starting on Boxing Day, to remain intact. The opposition to it I feel is also misled, as the clubs and organizations now have 7 full years to prepare for this. European leagues such as the Bundesliga and La Liga, both of whom take 3-4 week winter breaks anyway, can resume playing after Christmas with also no loss to their seasons now.

England is the only anomaly really, with 2 cups, European competition, and the league. Usually there is no break for winter there, and December often is seen as the time where the FA Cup is given dedicated weekends. That competition now must move to accompany the World Cup, and I would not be surprised if we see the FA Cup Final and Premier League run well into the summer of 2023 that year.

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