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
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.