Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s current president, has asked the FIFA executive committee to change the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter months, after Blatter cited the extreme temperatures in the summer months of the Arab country, according to Sky Sports.
“There is still enough time. I will bring this up to the executive committee,” Blatter told Sky Sports.
“If this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can’t play football in the summer. You can cool down the stadiums, but you can’t cool down the whole country.”
Blatter wants to reschedule the tournament to the winter months, and play all games in indoor, air-conditioned stadiums that would allow fans in the country to be able to celebrate and enjoy the tournament’s glory all around the country, not just inside the stadiums because of the temperature.
The major problem with putting the world-wide tournament in the winter months are the hundreds of leagues who would have to completely re-arrange their normal league schedules and extend their seasons longer into the summer months to accommodate the tournament, to which Blatter says there is still time to make changes for the Cup, nine years away.
“We have to have the courage [Fifa's executive committee] to play this World Cup in the winter and to start to work out now what impact this will have on the international calendar,” continued Blatter to Sky Sports.
“It would only be for one year, afterwards you’d be back to the normal routine. But I will advocate that.”
The 2022 World Cup was awarded to the country of Qatar after the Arab nation beat out the likes of South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Australia in the voting.
Blatter also said that host nation, Brazil, may have been the wrong choice for the 2014 World Cup, because of the ongoing social protests in the country. Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets during the Confederations Cup tournament, as citizens are upset about the cost of the World Cup for the nation and about the changes that are not being made in other places, like social services.