(REUTERS) - Fifa president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said yesterday that November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament.
Speaking at a news conference in Abu Dhabi, he added: "We have to see how we can have the Fifa World Cup played in winter but only Nov/Dec are possible."
Last month, Fifa announced it would discuss with clubs, leagues, players and continental federations to decide when the 2022 tournament should be held.
The International Olympic Committee is closely monitoring Fifa's deliberations, fearing a World Cup in January 2022 could encroach on the Winter Games that year.
Qatar has insisted that a summer World Cup is viable thanks to cooling technologies it is developing for stadiums, training areas and fan zones.
But there is still concern over the health of the players and visiting supporters.