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FIFA May Have to Change Rules to Accommodate 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA May Have to Change Rules to Accommodate 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Qatar won their bid for the ’22 World Cup. Rumors have circulated that Qatar soccer officials bribed FIFA officials. Looking at all the facts one has to wonder if the bribes did take place. Not only is Qatar not a strong soccer nation, which will now receive automatic qualification as host nation, the location is not ideal.

The World Cup is an event that is held in the summer every four years. Temperatures in Qatar in the summer regularly rise over 40C (104F). After the bid was first accepted, there was an idea thrown out to play the tournament in the winter. However, that could not take place. The winter months are a crucial time in the European season with the thick of the Campions League group stages as well as more league games played around Christmas. Club teams will not want to release their players at such a crucial time in the season. Although, the African Cup of Nations is played in the winter, that only results in players from one continent leaving and not the whole world making it slightly easier for teams to release their players. Also, even though some European leagues have a winter break, those breaks cannot accommodate the time required for the World Cup.

In order to deal with the high temperatures, The Telegraph is reporting that instead of a game with two 45 minute halves, games may be played with three 30 minute halves. I am in no means a soccer purist, as I would like to see goal line technology added as well as for important decisions, such as the disallowed save by Hope Solo in this year’s Women’s World Cup, which could have led to the US exiting the tournament. However, playing three 30 minute halves removes some of the glamour of the game for me.

Soccer is a free flowing game, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. Games are telecasted with little commercials, which are only during pre game, 15 minute halftime break and post game. Also games usually end on time, unlike many games in other sports. Playing three 30 minute halves creates more stoppages as well as wreaking havoc on television schedules.

The games may not all be turned into three 30 minute halves. The decision to change the structure of the game will take place if temperatures exceed 30C (86F). This decision is to protect the players. “There is a moderate risk of heat injury to the players between 24C 29C but if you go above that you have high and extreme risk of injury, said Michael Beavon, who spoke to delegates at the Qatar Infrastructure Conference in London. He also added, “The reason would be to re hydrate the players before they could carry on playing.”

A FIFA spokesman in an attempt to calm fears over a potential change of tradition in the game said, “This possibility has not been discussed. In any case, this would require a change in the Laws of the Game, and therefore would have to be analysed and approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in the first place”. The law he is referring to is that matches are to last for two 45 minute halves unless agreed upon by the referee and both teams. Although, there are games that are less then the required two 45 minute halves, these are strictly for youth players.

FIFA officials had to have known that playing games in these temperatures could affect the game, but they chose to award the tournament to Qatar, which beat out bids by Australia, South Korea and the United States.

Awarding the tournament to Qatar reeks of negligence by the FIFA officials. The game shouldn’t have to change in order to accommodate the location, especially when there were nations equally deserving to be host nation. Although, the Qatar stadiums are to be air conditioned and indoor it could still not change the fact that the game could be altered. All of the state of the art stadiums that Qatar are proposing to build, which can be seen here, still need to be built. If there are complications in the building process, FIFA may be forced to move the game to another location, which was a possibility before the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Amidst all the rumors of corruption FIFA don’t need another PR disaster. They need to make sure that things go smoothly in Qatar. However, the best option may have been to award it to a better soccer nation ability wise and one where temperatures are not a risk to the payers.

Published by Matthew Levine

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‘FIFA should pick new 2022 World Cup host’

‘FIFA should pick new 2022 World Cup host’

FIFA should re run the vote which elected Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts and choose a venue which “respects workers” the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said on Friday.

The ITUC added that an offer from FIFA president Sepp Blatter to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Qatar was an inadequate response to reports that dozens of migrant workers had died in the country over the course of the summer.

“FIFA has the power to make workers’ rights a condition of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow in a statement.

“There is still time to re run the vote to choose a venue which respect workers.”

“Workers from countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and increasingly Africa are used as forced labour, denied the right to join a union, live in squalid living conditions and often are not paid the wages they are promised,” she said.

“Scores of healthy young men are dying. This web of deadly practices draws in international companies, the Government of Qatar and FIFA.

“FIFA’s offer is an insult to the bereaved families.”

The ITUC said it had first outlined the situation to FIFA two years ago. It estimated that 4,000 workers would die in Qatar before the start of the 2022 World Cup if no action was taken.

How will the spectacular corruption at FIFA be adressed

How will the spectacular corruption at FIFA be adressed

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Will a ticket holder be asked for an ID at the entrance of a 2014 FIFA World Cup Venue?

Omar Abu Omar, Firm believer that Qatar whole bid was a farce and that the country shouldn host the World Cup 2022Firm believer that Qatar whole bid was a farce and that the country shouldn host the World Cup 2022

Rather unlikely. The problem with FIFA is that it is an independent entity. It is in a unique situation where there is no reporting structure to anyone and there is no enforced requirement for them to make any changes to their operations. On the surface, they are running a popular sport and are taking in millions in profits annually. They are taking the game to new parts of the world and are not held accountable for their decisions.

So what if South Africa barely benefited from the World Cup before, during or after it? So what if Brazil have spent billions on the next World Cup without addressing the fact that many infrastructure, health and education issues? FIFA are only concerned about their own profits and have little care for the host nations or the general good of the game and it will take a long time before anything is done about it