Fifa confirms 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be in summer months

Qatari Saud al-Muhanadi (centre left), secretary general of the Qatar Football Federation, and Fifa representative international coach Gabriel Calderon (centre right) stand next to the Fifa World Cup trophy following its arrival in Doha, on Dec 12, 2
Qatari Saud al-Muhanadi (centre left), secretary general of the Qatar Football Federation, and Fifa representative international coach Gabriel Calderon (centre right) stand next to the Fifa World Cup trophy following its arrival in Doha, on Dec 12, 2013. An announcement from Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer created yet more controversy around the Finals on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - The football World Cup will not be played in the summer months in Qatar in 2022, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday.

"The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between Nov 15 and Jan 15 the latest," he told France Inter Radio.

"If you play between Nov 15 and, let's say, the end of December, it's the time when the weather is the most favourable," he added.

"You play with a temperature equivalent to that of a rather hot spring in Europe, you play with a temperature of 25 deg (Celsius), which is perfect to play football."

In October, Fifa delayed making a decision on whether to play the tournament in the winter, saying it was setting up a consultation process to decide when the Finals should be held.

At the time, football's world governing body announced it would reach a conclusion sometime after this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Valcke's surprise announcement on Wednesday comes more than three years after Qatar was originally awarded the tournament in December 2010.