Fifa recommends shorter 2022 WC

Earlier today AFC head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said Fifa's executive committee will rule on the changes to the format next month. While the tournament will have the same amount of teams (32) playing the same amount of matches (64), it has been proposed that it be shortened by a few days.

The World Cup generally takes place in the European summer months, but major concerns were raised about holding the tournament in the Qatari summer, where maximum temperatures can reach almost 50° Celsius.

A Fifa statement read: "The outcome of the discussions is also a proposed reduced competition days schedule with the exact dates to be defined inline with the match schedule and number of venues to be used for the 22nd edition of football's flagship event.

"The proposed event dates have the full support of all six confederations. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIFA executive committee, scheduled to take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 and 20 March 2015."

English FA chairman Greg Dyke was quoted by The Guardian, "The best option would be to not hold it in Qatar, but we are now beyond that so November/December would seem to be the best of the bad options. It will clearly disrupt the whole football calendar as it means club football stopping at the end of October."

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