The FIFA Executive Committee confirmed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will be staged in November/December with the Final to be on 18 December 2022, Qatar’s National Day.

Statement on behalf of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC);

We welcome the decision of FIFA’s Executive Committee in relation to the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. We are satisfied the process has reached its conclusion. Regardless of the change in dates, we will continue to develop the cooling technology promised during the bid, ensuring our commitment to deliver a true legacy as a result of the first World Cup in the Middle East remains.’

The move away from the summer months to winter had been expected since 2010 after awarding the World Cup to Qatar. Top FIFA officials, including FIFA President Sepp Blatter acknowledged that playing the event in the Gulf’s summer was impossible.

While the final is now set, it is still unsettled when the tournament will begin. A 2022 FIFA World Cup opening around 17 November 2015 in Qatar is expected. In principle, FIFA officials agreed that the tournament should be played over a reduced timeframe, for instance 28 days therefore a 28- or 29-day schedule is under consideration.

The working group for the international match calendar will meet in due course to finalise the international match calendar for the 2019-2022 cycle.