FIFA, the organization that looks over the football World Cup, announced that the final of the 2022 tournament in Qatar will be held on December 18th of that year, which also happens to be the country’s national day. This will be the latest date a World Cup has ever been decided and it will also allow the English Premier League to go ahead with its annual Boxing Day games. In addition, the 2022 event will be a few days shorter than most previous World Cups as it’s expected to last 28 days.

The 2022 World Cup has caused FIFA a lot of grief ever since it was announced. There have been accusations of corruption during the bidding and awarding process and a FIFA task force decided that it was too hot to play the tournament during the Qatar summer. However, Qatar organizers said they could easily build air-conditioned stadiums. FIFA then decided to hold the event in the winter, much to the dismay of European leagues as it falls in the middle of their seasons.

The temperatures in Qatar often climb above 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and FIFA feels the players’ and fans’ safety could be placed in jeopardy if the games are contested in that type of heat. As well as causing controversy over corruption allegations, Qatar has also been accused of mistreating migrant workers during the construction process of stadiums prior to the event. Several reports have stated that hundreds of workers have died as a result of mistreatment.

FIFA also announced that the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be held in France. The other final nation being considered as hosts was South Korea. Other earlier contenders were England, South Africa and New Zealand. The Women’s tournament originated in 1991 and takes place every four years. The 2015 event will be taking place in Canada this June and July.

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