World football's governing body Fifa confirmed that the Qatar World Cup in 2022 will be held in the winter. Fifa President Gianni Infantino confirmed the dates during a press conference on Thursday.
He said the Qatar event would begin on November 21, with the final to be staged on December 18. He also said there was a good chance that it would feature more teams. The organisation will continue discussing the matter with the host country, Qatar, and "calmly and quietly" decide whether to grow the tournament to 48 teams from 32, The Washington Post quoted him as saying.
He was addressing a press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium, two days before the final between France and Croatia.
Football could be a force for peace, he added.