The Qatar World Cup has been a cluster-F from the beginning, underscored by the fact that around 200 workers die each year in the construction of stadiums and hotels in the fly-by-night country’s preparations for serving host to soccer’s grandest stage seven years from now.
Now, FIFA and Qatar are screwing around with tradition.
Multiple outlets reported early Wednesday night that the 2022 event will take place during the winter months of November and December instead of the traditional summer months of June and July. The move is being made basically because it's just too damn hot to do anything, let alone play soccer, during the middle of the summer in Southwest Asia. Great planning, guys!
According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, “a FIFA task force will meet in Doha next week and make that recommendation, and the FIFA Executive Committee is set to make the decision final at its meeting in Zurich next month.”
This is in no way good news for futbol fans hoping to change the way the masses think in the U.S. when it comes to sports. Of course, the world does not revolve around the lower 48. But let it be known that soccer’s marquee event is certainly going to take a backseat in the ratings to not only the unstoppable force that is the NFL, but also the NBA and NHL. One could easily make the case that November and December is “prime time” on the American sports calendar.
Good luck, FIFA.