The world's football governing body, FIFA, has announced the dates for the next World Cup to be held in the Gulf region of Qatar in 2022.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, at a press conference on Friday in Russia's capital, Moscow, said the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held between November 21 and December 18.
He reiterated that the plan for the next World Cup is to have 48 teams play.
Infantino said, “The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams.”
On whether Qatar will be able to cope with the expansion of qualified teams at the event, Infantino said the Gulf country has a responsibility to host a successful tournament.
He added that the increase in teams at the tournament may settle various regional crisis.
“We have agreements and a contract with Qatar.
“For now, anything is possible. With 48 teams, many ‘regional’ tensions would be solved", the FIFA chief said.
The confirmed dates represent a totally different change in the scheduling of the World Cup in the 20th and 21st century.
The World Cup has been held in the months of June and July and lasted for a full month for over 30 years.
The Qatar 2022 event, therefore, will witness a shift in the competition's duration, due to the country's extreme weather situation during the months when the Munial is usually held.