FIFA proposes 2 kickoff dates for 2022 World Cup

AP, Monday 8 Sep 2014

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani (L), Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (R) and FIFA president Sepp Blatter present a copy of the World Cup after the announcement that Russia and Qatar is going to be host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022, in Zurich December 2, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA says it presented the two options Monday when its consultation group first met to seek alternatives to the desert heat of June-July.

However, the January-February tournament option probably could not happen if the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled in the traditional February slot.

IOC president Thomas Bach has already said FIFA President Sepp Blatter assured him the two events would not clash.

FIFA says the consultation group - including clubs, leagues, players' unions and Qatari organizing committee leader Hassan al-Thawadi - will meet again in November. A further meeting is expected in February.

FIFA's executive committee should confirm the 2022 World Cup dates at its meeting in March in Zurich.

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