Following some media reports today, FIFA and its President would like to clarify the following about the 2022 FIFA World Cup dates:
- The 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups are based on FIFA’s international match calendar and this applies also to Qatar. This is what is written in the relevant documents signed by Qatar as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
- As such, as it stands today, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is planned to be staged in Qatar, in summer.
- Any potential change to the above should first be requested by the competition organizers, ie Qatar, and presented to the FIFA Executive Committee for analysis.
- The FIFA President has not said whether or not the 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in winter or in summer, but has simply explained what would be the process for any potential changes to the current status.