World Cup 2022: Finals in Qatar to be played over 28-day period during winter months, FIFA announces

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed he felt Russia 2018 was the "best World Cup ever"


The Khalifa International Stadium will play host to some of the games at the 2022 tournament

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place during the winter.



The governing body took the decision to move the tournament to the more cooler months with a November 21 start date.

The final is due to happen on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

It will therefore fall in the middle of the domestic schedule for the majority of European club sides.

However, the tournament will be played over a reduced time period of 28 days in an attempt to counteract this.

Meanwhile, Infantino declared the 2018 tournament as the best World Cup ever and thanked Russia for being the perfect host.

The 2018 World Cup got the thumbs up from FIFA’s president

Speaking at the traditional tournament overview media conference, he said: “For a couple of years I have been saying this 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.”
France face Croatia in the final of these World Cup finals while England take on Belgium in the third place play-off and you can listen to both games live on talkSPORT from 4pm on Sunday and 3pm on Saturday respectively.