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Qatar World Cup: Final on December 18, 2022

Qatar World Cup: Final on December 18, 2022

It’s official: Football’s governing body has decided to take the unprecedented step of moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter months to escape Qatar’s searing summer heat. The tournament will now be played in November and December of 2022. The climax of the winter World Cup will take place a week before Christmas, ending with a final match on Qatar’s National Day, Dec. 18, a celebration of independence. The decision to move the 2022 World Cup from its traditional June and July slot was taken because of health concerns for players. Summer temperatures in Qatar can exceed 40C. Fifa also indicated that the 2022 World Cup could be shortened to 28 days. It normally lasts for 31 or 32 days.

Patrícia Lopes

Patricia Lopes is a sports journalist, currently working as the BeIN Sports channel correspondent in Brazil. She took part in several international coverages and two world cups. The first in 2010 in South Africa, and the second in 2014, in Brazil. Patricia has previously worked for the following channels: Rede Brasil-TVE (Brazilian public TV) where she worked for nine years as a reporter, presenter and sports commentator. After that she spent 7 years at ESPN. She has also worked freelance for other famous news channels in the world: Al Jazeera, CNN EN Español and NBC Telemundo