Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

WinterWorld Cup Could Be a Shorter Version

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

WinterWorld Cup Could Be a Shorter Version

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FIFA will come under pressure today to agree to a shortened World Cup in 2022 in compensation for moving the tournament in Qatar to the winter.

The final meeting of the 2022 task force will be held in Doha when recommendations on the timing of the World Cup are expected to confirm a November/December tournament to avoid the searing summer heat.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is on the task force and at its last meeting argued forcefully for a shortened World Cup to minimise disruptions to the clubs and leagues, with a shorter preparation period beforehand and fewer international dates that season.

One task force member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "It is almost certain that November/ December will be agreed but the trade-offs will be for a cut in the length of the World Cup and the preparation period beforehand.

"The leagues have been forceful in arguing that you only need two weeks' preparation beforehand rather than the usual three or four, and the tournament does not need to be as long as the 32 days it was in Brazil. …

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