FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has said that the 2022 World Cup should be held between November and January and not in the summer.
Valcke said that the earliest date for the tournament’s start would ideally be November 15, with January 15 the latest point the competition would come to an end.
“The dates for the World Cup in Qatar will not be June-July,” Valcke said in an interview with Radio France.
“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.
“If you play between November 15 and the end of December that's the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees.
“That would be perfect for playing football.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter had previously said any decision on the staging of the 2022 World Cup would not be made until after this summer’s tournament in Brazil.