FIFA Confirm Final (Winter!) Dates for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Ruben Hill
July 15, 2018

FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed the move as the tournament in Russian Federation comes to a close, in what will become a first for many generations of football lovers. "For the moment, it will be played with 32 teams and the distribution of spots will remain as they are", Infantino said.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

He also said some have already been stripped of their FAN-IDS - the document spectators require to obtain access to World Cup stadiums.

"I believe in joint bids because the World Cup is an enormous event", said Infantino as he was commenting on the countries that showed interest in submitting joint bids to host the World Cup in 2030.

"VAR is not changing football, VAR is cleaning football, making football more honest, more transparent", he said.

He added: "You will never again see a goal scored in a offside position..."

For now it's a World Cup with 32 teams but everybody is open-minded and we will have a frank and open debate. It has also changed the perception of the world about Russian Federation.

"A country where football has become part of the country's DNA and the country's culture".

"We had 98 percent occupancy of the stadiums, one million fans from overseas to discover this country, more than three billion viewers on television and there will certainly be one billion for the final".

A change would have implications for Northern Ireland, with the number of European slots due to rise from 13 to 16 for the new format.

"This is one of the activities we definitely will have in future - it's a normal evolution".

To be clear; no directive has been given regarding what supporters can or can't wear, however, television broadcasters have been given a "stern warning" to stop zooming in on attractive female fans, ahead of the World Cup final. "Everyone knows that if they do this [miming an elbow in the face], one of the 36 or so cameras will spot it and you will be sent off", he said.

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