Qatar 2022 winter World Cup confirmed

FIFA, world football's governing body, have confirmed the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar will begin on November 21 and will conclude on December 18.

The tournament has in the past always taken place in the European off-season, but concerns were raised over the prohibitively high temperatures experienced during those months.

FIFA revealed plans to shift the dates of the tournament back in March, and that decision has now been ratified amidst amidst the ongoing crisi gripping the Switzerland-based organisation – president Sepp Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke are currently under investgation on corruption-related charges.

Despite lingering doubts over the decision to reschedule the tournament, vice-president Jim Boyce believes the change won't cause too much of disruption to domestic leagues.

Boyce said earlier this year: "I think it could be a tremendous World Cup because I think players will be fresher than they have ever been.

"It's going to be 28 days, it's not a lifetime. It means [domestic leagues] starting three weeks earlier and finishing three weeks later for one year."