The dates of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been announced by FIFA. For the first time in World Cup history, the coveted tournament will be held in the month of November. The tournament will commence on November 21 and will end on December 18.
Until 2022, the latest when a FIFA World Cup began was the inaugural tournament in 1930 which began on this very day. However, the tournament hosted in Qatar will better it by a good 4 months. 2022 will mark the second time that a World Cup will be hosted in Asia. The first time was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea co-hosted the competition.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed the move to shift the next World Cup in November just two days before the current World Cup comes to an end.
The first question that can come to anybody’s mind after hearing the dates of the next World Cup is, “how will the tournament fit into the league schedule”?
This move has already begun to garner some criticism. Former England striker Gary Lineker expressed his disappointment over the schedule on social media.
FIFA’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21st and December 18th. The World Cup has always been a welcomed spectacle during a long football free summer, rather than an interruption of the football season. Darn shame we have to wait 8 years.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 13, 2018