(Jan 8, 2014) US Soccer Players – Comments made by FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on French radio and disseminated in a Reuters wire report on Wednesday have once again raised the issue of the timing of the 2022 World Cup. Valcke is quoted as saying that the best time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is between November 15th and January 15th and a traditional summer World Cup isn’t an option.
FIFA responded to the comments with a media statement saying that this is Valcke’s personal opinion and not an official decision. FIFA also confirmed that no official decision will happen prior to this summer’s World Cup. “As the event will not be played until eight years’ time the consultation process will not be rushed and will be given the necessary time to consider all of the elements relevant for a decision.”