FIFA sets out timetable for 2022 WCup dates talks

Soccer’s governing body has set a timetable for talks aimed at

switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November.

A final decision is expected when FIFA’s executive committee

meets in December 2014 or March 2015.

FIFA says the ”international football community and FIFA’s

business partners” will have meetings between now and August with

a working group led by Asian confederation President Sheikh Salman

Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

Broadcaster Fox, which owns the United States English-language

rights, should be a key contributor because a November-December

tournament will conflict with NFL, college football, NBA and NHL

schedules.

FIFA says a panel will meet in September and November to draft

major tournament and national team match dates, which will affect

domestic league schedules.

Clubs are obliged to release their players for FIFA’s

international calendar for matches.