Soccer: 2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18

Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:43pm EDT
 
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that it would be played in November and December with the final on Dec. 18.

Spokesman Walter De Gregorio said the winter tournament would probably last 28 days, instead of the 32 for last year's finals in Brazil, but this was still to be decided.

"The executive committee today ... decided that, yes, we are going to play in November and December and, yes, the final is going to be played on Dec. 18," De Gregorio told reporters at FIFA headquarters.

"It's a Sunday and it's also the national day of Qatar and, in principle, we try to play in 28 days.

"The next steps will be to have different talks especially related to the match calendar," he added, referring to the 2019-22 cycle of international fixtures and the 2023 African Nations Cup in Guinea that is scheduled to be played in January.

Thursday's news was widely expected after the November/December period had been recommended by a task force of soccer's ruling body FIFA.

It will be the first time the tournament has been played outside the European summer.

Qatar was awarded the event in December 2010 on the basis it would take place in the summer in air-conditioned stadiums.   Continued...

 
A logo of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) is pictured at the Home of FIFA in Zurich July 5, 2012.  REUTERS/Michael Buholzer