FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described Russia 2018 as the “best World Cup” ever on Friday, thanks to the quality of football and organisation of the tournament.
There have been 62 matches so far in the tournament, with just the third-place play-off and the final left to play this weekend, and the FIFA boss insists it’s been a memorable competition.
Speaking on a lot of football related issues, he confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between November 21 and December 18.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed that the tournament will begin on 21 November, with the final being played on 18 December.
“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams,” Infantino said at the closing Press conference for Russia 2018.
“We have agreements and a contract with Qatar, but it’s still too early to know if there will be 32 teams or more.
“For now, anything is possible. With 48 teams, many ‘regional’ tensions would be solved so I don’t want to close the door to this opportunity.” – he added.
Weather reports temperatures in Qatar between June and July can hit as high as 41.3°C, forcing FIFA into the controversial reschedule.