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FIFPro wishes to acknowledge the comments made today by FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, which suggest the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be staged in the winter months.

While it goes against a long-standing tradition to hold a World Cup between June and July, common sense looks set to prevail in relation to protecting the health and safety of the players. The winter months appear to be the only solution in Qatar, short of staging the 2022 World Cup in a different country.

FIFPro is being consulted, together with the game's major stakeholders, to help identify the most appropriate dates for the 2022 World Cup, an ongoing process that will significantly impact the international football calendar.

However, as the exclusive representative of some 65 thousand professional players worldwide, FIFPro believes a winter World Cup in Qatar will help safeguard the players and provide a better platform for them to perform at their optimal level.


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