After six months of intense consultation, the razor sharp minds of FIFA’s task force for the 2018–2024 international match calendar have finally realized what everyone else already knew: that Qatar is quite hot from May through September. As a result, they have recommended that late November to late December as the most viable period for the 2022 World Cup with the support of all six confederations.
Given that the two bidding cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics — Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China PR) — pledged recently to host the winter games from 4 to 20 February 2022; that the month of Ramadan begins on 2 April in 2022; and that consistently hot conditions prevail from May to September in Qatar, the only remaining effective option is the November/December window. For legal reasons, the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup must be played within the calendar year 2022.
And here’s how all of those roadblocks look in visual form…
In addition to throwing the football calendar into upheaval with an end of year World Cup, they also recommend a “reduced competition days schedule.”
At this rate, by the time 2022 rolls around, the entire tournament will be played December 31 from 8:00–11:59 pm on a PlayStation set up in the lobby of a Doha hotel.
Anyway, now that the task force has figured out Qatar’s weather, the next questions on their docket are “Is water wet?” and “Can money buy things?”