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What Will A Winter World Cup Mean For The Premier League?

October 14, 2015

- Grant Whittington

There has been plenty of controversy over the past few years surrounding the decision by FIFA to hold the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar. One of the major concerns for many teams was the fact that a tournament held in June would bring with it some incredibly high temperatures for players to compete with. The average temperature in Qatar during the summer months is around 40 degrees centigrade which is a particularly uncomfortable and potentially dangerous level of heat for footballers to be running around for 90 minutes plus in.

There have already been a number of unfortunate deaths attributed to the heat. Low paid workers who were simply working on the infrastructure of the stadiums and other aspects of the forthcoming tournament in Qatar have lost their life due to the increasing heat. So whilst many feel that the decision for the country to host the event at all was the wrong one a decision has been made to at least help ease this worrying concern.

FIFA have announced that the 2022 World Cup with now be held in the winter months with the tournament kicking off on 21st November and will run for just 28 days. This move will of course help with the issue of temperature but it will have also have a massive impact on European football. Most of the leagues across Europe are already opposing the idea of the switch due to the fact that it will cause plenty of disruption to many domestic and European leagues and cup competitions.

The switch will mean that players will now get to play in a much more feasible 26 degree temperatures which will demote any potential extreme risk threats down to a more moderate level. Additional in-stadium air conditioning as well as sea breezes will also aid to cool things down when the tournament begins.

The Premier League is one such domestic league that will face major upheaval during the 2022-23 footballing season. There is a possibility that the league will need to begin one month earlier in July to help accommodate a winter break. The season could even restart as soon as Boxing Day following the end of the tournament which will be putting a significant strain on players in the league.

Aside from the Premier League there is still plenty of other domestic football action that will face a scheduling nightmare. The FA Cup and League Cup competitions will all face some major changes especially when some qualifying clubs will be losing players to the international competition. The same goes for most clubs across Europe who will face similar problems when rearranging their season. Even the transfer windows will face a shift in order to “work around” the undesirable switch.

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