Zurich: In a move to confirm the 2022 Qatar World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding it, the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) on Friday, announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin on November 21.
The tournament will be 28 days long and will finish on December 18. FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking the December 18 date for the final, which happens to be a national holiday in Qatar.
Earlier, in March 2015, FIFA decided to switch the 2022 World Cup from the usual June-July schedule to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
A 28-day World Cup is four less than the usual tournament and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several mid-season weeks.
According to the calendar approved on Friday, clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by 14 November 2022 – a week before the opening match.
No qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.