The ECA urges FIFA to host the Qatar 2022 World Cup in May
A case for spring
Last month, the world's football governing body FIFA announced that the 2022 Qatar World Cup – which has been riddled with scandal – would most likely take place in either January/February or November/December 2022.
Now the ECA, along with the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) have proposed that the World Cup should take place in May and early June.
"It is proposed that the May 2022 period (May option) is the most appropriate period to host the World Cup in Qatar in alternative to June-July," an ECA statement read.
The two organisations also argue that their proposed May/June schedule would have the least impact on the 2021-22 or 2022-23 club calendars, which will need to be revised quite heavily if FIFA goes ahead with its January/February or November/December 2022 proposal.
"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." The statement continued.
The proposal document continued: "The May 2022 option provides acceptable climatic conditions with regard to both players and fans. In May the average temperature in Qatar as of 6pm local time is between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius and the WBGT index would be 'green' [moderate] for most World Cup games.
"In worst case, games would be played in circumstances similar to some cities in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup (Fortaleza, Manaus) and still better than some games played at the World Cups in Mexico (1986) and the USA (1994).
"Moreover, with the support of the cooling systems that the Qatar Local Organising Committee committed to, temperature in the stadiums would be perfect."
The case also argues that the Ramadan period (May 2) would be finished by the time fans reached Qatar.