Ever since Qatar was awarded the World Cup back in 2010, there’s been controversy. Most recently, corruption allegations have been leveled over the how soccer’s greatest tournament was awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022—FIFA’s ethics committee looked into the decisions but the federation’s president, Sepp Blatter, has suppressed the report. He’s lucky FIFA is based in Switzerland, which has an interesting definition of private corruption.
But the main issue with holding the World Cup in Qatar was obvious from the moment the tiny, but super-rich, nation first bid for the tournament: the heat. The World Cup is held in the summer, when temperatures soar to 122 Fahrenheit in the middle of the day. FIFA's Sepp Blatter has indicated that the World Cup could move to winter for the first time in 92 years to cope with this—despite opposition from the European leagues, the Olympics Winter Games, and almost every soccer fan.
Other alternatives have been suggested, but most are just bizarre:
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former head of Chilean soccer, on Tuesday suggested moving the tournament to May, rather than the traditional June-July months, and staggering the matches well into the evening. “You could play the first games at 7 p.m., the second games at 10 p.m. and the third matches at 1 a.m.,” he told the BBC. “I know it’s not easy. We’d sleep during the day and work during the night.”