Have you ever been to Qatar? If not, there's only one thing that you need to know about it: It's hot there. Really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really HOT. At the moment, it's a comfortable 63 degrees. But in the summer months of June, July, and August, the mercury often creeps above 110 degrees Fahrenheit on an average day. It was one of the things that made people concerned when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup.
Fortunately, though, it sounds like World Cup teams won't have to worry about playing in the unbearable heat during the 2022 World Cup. That's because FIFA secretary general Jéróme Valcke (pictured above) just announced that the World Cup will probably not be held in June or July in Qatar like usual. Instead, FIFA is going to push for it to take place sometime between November 15 and January 15 to avoid the summer heat.
"If you play between November 15 and the end of the year, that's when the temperature is at its most favorable," Valcke said today.
For the record, FIFA has not confirmed Valcke's statements just yet. They have come out and said that they will not decide when the 2022 World Cup will take place until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is over. But with Qatar being as hot as it is during the summer, it wouldn't be a surprise to see FIFA adjust their usual World Cup schedule to accommodate the World Cup players in 2022. So stay tuned for further developments.
[via Daily Mail]