FIFA have announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held in winter because summer temperatures in Qatar reach 50°c. This is the first time that the tournament will be played in winter instead of in June- July.

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The final will be held on the 18th December, but officials have not said when the tournament will start.

Many people are extremely angry about the move, especially in Europe. Moving the World Cup to December will cause many problems for national leagues such as the English Premier League who play during the winter. Having the World Cup in December will mean that the Premier League will have to be moved, or paused for two months.

The World Cup will also interfere with the UEFA Champions League.

This does not come as a surprise, however; when Qatar won the bid in 2010 the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, acknowledged that holding the World Cup in Qatar in June-July would be “unworkable”.


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Discussion Questions: 1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of moving the World Cup to December? 2) Do you think it is a good idea to move the World Cup to December? (why/why not?) 3) In your opinion, what effect will this have on the World Cup?

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