Talks set for switching dates of Qatar World Cup

FIFA President Joseph Blatter. (Victor Caivano/AP)
December 5, 2013, 3:10 PM

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil — 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.

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