Fifa president Gianni Infantino hints at MORE winter World Cups with Saudi Arabia 2030 bid expected
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted that there could be more World Cups played in the winter months.
The tournament in Qatar caused great controversy when it was announced that it would be played in November and December.
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It had to be played in the winter in order for temperatures to drop, meaning it would not be too hot for the players.
The Swiss-Italian has claimed that the World Cup in Qatar has been the “best ever” and has suggested that the level of football has been higher.
He has put this down to the fact it is mid-season rather than players having to perform “at the end of an exhausting season”.
He added: “A very important element, is we have to take into consideration is the health and well-being of players hence four-game window, rather than two-game windows.
“We need to make sure there is a rest period for the players.
“We will consult on these topics and elaborate.”
The next bid that could be played in the winter, should it be successful, is the Saudi Arabia-Egypt-Greece bid for the 2030 competition.
Saudi Arabia are believed to be the lead contributor to the tournament and would pay for at least some of the other two countries’ costs.
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While praising the on-going tournament that will be won by either France or Argentina on Sunday, Infantino admitted that he was happy with the “joyful atmosphere”.
He said: “The World Cup has been an incredible success on all fronts.
“The main one being the fans, the behaviour, the joyful atmosphere, the bringing of people together.
“The fans meeting the Arab world, it has been very important for the future of all of us.”