Qatar World Cup to be played in the winter

FIFA's Jerome Valcke says tournament will not be held in summer

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The 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar will not be played in its traditional summer time slot, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has said.

The timing of international football’s showpiece event has been fiercely debated since Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010, with concerns over soaring temperatures in the country.

FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, has openly backed a winter time tournament, although Qatari organisers have insisted it would be able to host the games in the summer.

"The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June-July,” Valcke told Radio France.

“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.

"If you play between November 15 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."

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