Soccer World Cup in 28 days is not possible, says FIFPro

Wed Sep 9, 2015 3:48pm EDT
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By Brian Homewood

HOOFDDORP, Netherlands, (Reuters) - Twenty-eight days is not enough time to play the 2022 World Cup, the world players' union FIFPro said on Wednesday.

FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen said he was also worried about the possibility that domestic competitions could continue while the tournament in Qatar was underway.

"It's a continuing story," Van Seggelen told Reuters. "Our concern is that it is impossible for the players to play a tournament in four weeks. "Can you play on Saturday and Sunday in the different competitions.

“Then on Monday they leave first to go to their own country. The coach asks them how they are and on the same day, they have to go to Qatar, they are traveling for two days, and then they play four or five or seven games.

"There is no rest period, there is no preparation for any national team, that's crazy. Everybody now is coming to the conclusion that it will be very difficult to play a tournament in such a short time."

FIFA decided in March that the 2022 World Cup would be played in November and December, rather than the traditional June/July slot, to escape the searing summer heat of Qatar.

Soccer's governing body said the final would be on Dec. 18 and added that, in principle, the tournament would be over a shortened period of around 28 days, rather than the usual 31 or 32, to reduce on the impact on the European club season.

The international calendar for 2019-2022 is still being drawn up and Van Seggelen said he understood the World Cup could start only a few days after a full weekend of domestic matches.   Continued...