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European clubs push for World Cup in May

The Qatar World Cup in 2022 could be played safely between May 5 and June 4 rather than in the winter, the European Club Association has argued.

Football's world governing body FIFA announced last month that the most likely time slots for the tournament would be either Jan/February or November/December 2022, with the organisation's medical chief warning that temperatures in the Middle East state between May and September posed a "highly critical risk".

However, the ECA, in conjunction with the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), has put together a proposal which it feels demonstrates how the tournament could be played in May and June without putting the health of players, supporters and officials at risk.

The organisations also argue that their proposal would have the least impact on the 2021-22 or 2022-23 club calendars, which would need to be seriously revised if either of the options favoured by FIFA is ratified.


A section of the proposal from the ECA and EPFL reads: "The May option is the best alternative to the traditional June-July timing, since it retains the logical calendar order and avoids compressing such an important competition as the World Cup in the middle of the traditional and busy club football season (winter season).

"As such, simply avoiding this concentration makes the May option by far less intrusive compared to all winter proposals."