FIFA finally confirm dates for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) receives the World Cup trophy from FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on November 21 and finish on December 18.

The world governing body’s executive committee revealed the 2022 dates for the 28-day tournament on Friday, six months after picking the Sunday December 18 date – Qatar’s national holiday – for the final.

In March, FIFA finally decided to switch the 2022 tournament from June-July to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.

A 28-day World Cup is four fewer than usual and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several weeks in mid-season.

FIFA had delayed choosing a start date in Qatar while it held talks on the 2019-2024 schedule of national team fixtures.

The international calendar mandates when clubs must release players for national-team duty.

Every game in the 2022 World Cup will be broadcast across the FOX family of networks.