Qatar willing to host 2022 World Cup in winter

Amid concerns over summer temperatures, the Arab hosts have conceded that they are prepared to reschedule the tournament should the international football community demand it
The organisers of World Cup 2022 in Qatar have revealed that they would be willing to host the tournament in the winter.

The World Cup traditionally runs over June and July, but concerns over the heat and humidity during the Qatari summer have called for a re-think.

Though Qatar’s preference would be to host the competition during the summer, they are prepared to reschedule should the global football community demand it.

“Our position hasn't changed," a Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee spokesman told CNN.

"We've always reiterated that we entered the bidding race with the intention of hosting in the summer and are continuing with our plans to deliver a World Cup in the summer unless there is a unified consensus among the international football community for alternative plans."

Should the World Cup be moved to winter, it would clash with European domestic league seasons. But Uefa President Michel Platini is unconcerned and believes that a compromise could easily be reached to postpone campaigns.