The dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have now been revealed.
The FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed the dates as this World Cup in Russia nears its end.
We are now going to go from one of the best ever World Cups, to a total charade that makes no sense at all.
As previously indicated, this 2022 World Cup will be played in the middle of the Premier League season (and of course many/most other leagues around the World).
The tournament will kick off on 21 November 2022 and then end with the final on 18 December 2022.
People had talked about this timing for the 2022 World Cup meaning a month in the middle of the big (especially European) leagues.
However, surely the reality is that it will be so much more than that.
National squads are normally preparing for a World Cup for around a month after the domestic seasons finish, then players who have taken part in the World Cup (and European Championships) usually get extra recovery time afterwards before rejoining their clubs’ pre-season training late.
For Premier League clubs, the reality will surely be that their World Cup players wouldn’t be able to play from sometime in October 2022 until January 2023.
They surely won’t keep running the league seasons at the same time as a World Cup, so weeks/months will have to be added to the start and/or end of league seasons to accommodate this joke of a World Cup in Qatar. This then impacts on the timings/scheduling of the 2021/22 and/or 2023/24 league seasons.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed the dates for the 2022 World Cup whilst congratulating those responsible for the current tournament:
“For a couple of years I have been saying this (Russia 2018) will be the best World Cup ever and today I can say that with conviction – it is the best World Cup ever.
“I would like to thank everyone.
“The main actors are on the pitch – the players, referees and coaches – but, of course, there are also all those who have worked to make sure everything has worked smoothly, the Russians.
“A big thank you to the Russian government and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the local organising committee, the Russian Football Union, the volunteers, the heart and smile of the World Cup, all those people, more than 100,000, who helped in one capacity or another.”