FIFA have announced that it has set the 2022 Qatar World Cup Final date, which is now confirmed to take place on December 18 2022. This news means that the Middle East tournament will run through November and December, before hosting the final just before Christmas 2022.

The change was necessary owing to the soaring summer temperatures in Qatar in June/July – when the World Cup traditionally takes place.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will not only take place during an entirely different season than is standard, it will also be shortened from the usual 32 days, to just 28 days, the announcement has also revealed. British architects Foster + Partners were recently awarded the Qatar 2022 stadium contract (full story here.)

FIFA will now have the daunting task of rearranging the football calendar to ensure there are no key clashes during this switch. 

The decision was reached after the FIFA task force recommended that the 2022 Qatar World Cup take place between November/December 2022, ruling out a May tournament or a date that would clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

This also means that the 2022 World Cup Final date – December 18 2022 – will also fall on Qatar's official National Day holiday.