Mid-Day Ticker: Blatter expects winter World Cup in 2022, blasts IOC and more



The 2022 FIFA World Cup might just be played in the winter after all.

After a series of high-profile soccer personalities raised the possibility of scheduling the event in the winter to avoid the high temperatures of a Qatari summer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter offered a surprisingly revealing take on the matter, which will be discussed at FIFA's executive committee meeting in March.

"I expect it to be in the winter, because when you play football you must protect the main people, the players," Blatter said at a media event in Qatar.

A winter World Cup would be the first of its kind and, among other things, would affect the schedules of all major European domestic leagues.

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In defending FIFA against allegations of corruption, Blatter compared the legitimacy and transparency of FIFA to that of the International Olympic Committee, saying that the IOC "has no transparency" and operates financially "like a housewife."

According to the Associated Press, Blatter said, "Our accounts are open to everyone. … The IOC does it like a housewife. She receives some money and she spends some money."

Blatter also reportedly is not going to be creating an anti-corruption commission as he had previously stated.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said that his club is closing in on a loan deal for Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham and that he hopes to have him with the team as soon as Sunday.

The loan would send Beckham to North London for two months, and he would return in time for the start of the Galaxy's regular season.


Uche Okafor, a former member of the Nigerian national team and an MLS original with the then-Kansas City Wiz/Wizards, was reportedly found dead at his Dallas home Thursday morning. He was 43 years old.

Okafor played in Kansas City from 1996 to 2000 and was on the Nigeria squad that captured the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.


Glidden will no longer be the shirt sponsor for the Columbus Crew, ending its deal with the club that began in 2008, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The paint company still will sponsor the club, just not in the capacity as its reported $1 million jersey deal.

The Crew also announced the signing of striker Tom Heinemann, who scored 14 goals last season in his time with the Charleston Battery and Carolina RailHawks.  


What do you think about the possibility of a winter World Cup? What do you make of all of Blatter's comments? Think Beckham's loan is a good thing? Saddened by the news of Okafor's passing? What do you think of the Crew's announcements?

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79 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Blatter expects winter World Cup in 2022, blasts IOC and more

  1. Cliff Poncier says:

    There is more than enough time to prepare for a winter World Cup in 2022. Many leagues have winter breaks that they can extend slightly and the leagues that play through the winter can start a little earlier and end a little later than normal.

  2. DC Josh says:

    Is it really Sepp Blatter or Jim Rome dressed up like Sepp Blatter? Sepp is ruining world football.

  3. Soccernste says:

    FIFA comes around to MLS’s schedule! Global Warming + Corruption = WIN!

  4. Second City says:

    “I expect it to be in the winter, because when you play football you must protect the main people, the players,” Blatter said at a media event in Qatar

    – – – – –

    Yes because the protection of anyone, was clearly at thought when awarding this country.

    Unrealistic as it may be, I sincerely hope clubs are able to create a strong enough opposition to the rescheduling and not let it happen in any manner available to them.

    As far as I’m concerned, Blatter awarding this country should now have to suffer the consequences of such a decision and the fiasco it’s became and will be if it remains in the summer.

    Why everyone else should be expected to alter their regular schedules is astoundingly arrogant and par for the course on this degenerate of a human being.

  5. ThaDeuce says:

    Winter world cup sounds intriguing, and makes me much more likely to want to attend. Desire up from 1.5% to 15%-20%

  6. Jimmy Bobo says:

    Well, I don’t know about anyone else but for me it is a lot easier to get time off from work in June than January. Just another reason to not go to the World Cup in Qatar.

  7. ThaDeuce says:

    The two most entertaining comments of the post? hahaha
    According to the Associated Press, Blatter said, “Our accounts are open to everyone. … The IOC does it like a housewife. She receives some money and she spends some money.”

    Blatter also reportedly is not going to be creating an anti-corruption commission as he had previously stated.

  8. ThaDeuce says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if it will be over Christmas break, and if so, what all the players and coaches and administrators would think?

    Man, it would be really really weird to watch the world cup in the winter! I am so used to watching in air conditioning and then going out and playing pick up in the sweltering heat….I’m sure I’ll be able to make the proper adjustments in 12 years time : )

  9. RNG says:

    Blatter: There is no corruption, because I decided there’s no corruption.
    And by the way, where’s my Nobel Prize?

  10. DC Josh says:

    Instead of changing the time of the World Cup to accommodate Qatar, why not change the location to accommodate the WORLD? Is it FAIR PLAY to the European leagues and clubs that they will have to spend millions to reconstruct their schedules?

  11. John says:

    This is BS, because alot of the honest voting was made on the fact on all the technology Qatar was going to invest into stadium cooling. If the propsal would have said that they are bidding for the WC but are proposing a change to have the WC in Winter, I doubt they would have gotten the support that they did and it would be harder to justify voting for Qatar for the guys who where on the take.

  12. Gaucholic says:

    This is insane!!! so all that noise about air conditioned stadiums and fan areas was just made up by some marketing people that have no idea what they are talking about?? FIFA either knew this or was too stupid and believed it.

    Blatter is corrupt moron. Not only is he going back on his word that the World Cup in Qatar is going to be in the summer but he is also not going to create an anti-corruption commission! Federations around the world need to stand up to this clown!

  13. Kaiser says:

    I agree. This is something that should have been discussed before a vote, not after. Someone needs to go Ron Burgundy on Blatter and tell him, “Why don’t you go back to your home on Whore Island?”

  14. BellusLudas says:

    Blatter MUST GO!

  15. chad says:

    More sexist Blatter talk. I really wish FIFA had a different president; this guy is an embarrassment.

  16. ThaDeuce says:

    I just don’t care anymore, as long as I can go to a pub/bar every other day for an hour or so during month in 2012 and forget who i am, where i am, and everything else that matters and truly be a kid and a fan again. You know, Fifa needs some praise for being able to do that for me.

    I’ll say it: Thank you FIFA.

  17. BellusLudas says:

    Unfortunately I have to disagree…Blatter is a corrupt genius…a moron would have lost control years ago.

    This is the final straw though….time for US Soccer to join with England FA and flex some muscle.

  18. ThaDeuce says:

    but you make good points about the promises kept/unkept stuff.

  19. ThaDeuce says:

    who is also hilarious!

  20. SuperChivo says:

    That’s part of the plan, Jimmy. The fans are really just an annoyance, what with their demands of nonsense like stadia (which Qatar doesn’t have) to watch matches in and beer (which Qatar doesn’t allow) to drink. By placing the WC when Europeans and Americans are working instead of on summer break FIFA eliminates that problem.

  21. Craig says:

    BTW, anyone watching the Asian Cup?

    Qatar is losing to Uzbekistan 2-0… woops

  22. Jason says:

    Anyone know what’s up with Gino Padula?

  23. Spectra says:

    There’s a major problem though. Most people take long vacations in the summer. Taking 2 or 3 weeks off in January doesn’t work for most people especially Europeans that love their month long vacations at the end of summer.

    On another note I don’t have a lot of time to even watch a world cup that are broadcast in the middle of the day in winter. I can get away with it in the summer. I guess I should just start planning for it now

  24. RLW2020 says:

    wow..Sepp has really lost any sliver of sanity he ever had. must be drunk!

  25. fischy says:

    I agree with the statement above that here is plenty of time for the leagues to work out the details of a winter break to accommodate a Winter World Cup. For me, the real concern is with the stadia. Qatar has to know what kind of stadiums they’re building — climate-controlled, or not. If they’re going for the climate-controlled stadiums, they probably need a lot of lead time to figure the engineering, design and construction.

    As I’ve written before, the stadiums are probably the least of the problematic questions in staging a Qatar cup in the summer months. I’d say that training facilities for 32 teams will be far more problematic — which is why I think it must be a Winter World Cup. I suppose it’s possible to put up bubbles over grass field for a short period, but it’s gonna get dicey. The stadiums, however will take so many years to build that FIFA cannot speculate about this endlessly. By the time of the Brazil Cup, they must decide.

  26. RLW2020 says:

    and then beckham… almost as dumb..

  27. Jeremy says:

    Totally agree on this. Perhaps Qatar was able to over-promise what it could actually do in terms of cooling, since they probably knew all along that if it went to them it wouldn’t be played in the heat anyway.

    “Don’t worry guys…we won’t have to actually develop all of these air cond. stadiums that are in our bid anyway because the good ol’ boys will just move it to January for us”

  28. Dutchie says:

    Exactly! The deal was you bid to host in the summer, not winter. If you can’t do that than don’t bid to host. You can’t change the plans to suit you after you’ve been awarded the bid. Summer or re-vote the bid.

  29. Thor says:

    Wait until Qatar gets hammered 30-0 in their Bracket and Blatter announces that they will still advance at Englands expense to promote football in the middle east.

  30. smokeminside says:

    And let’s not forget that it the scheduling could happen at the height of our College American football bowl/NFL playoff season. Some of us, after all, enjoy both sports. Won’t that be fun for the major networks.

  31. SD says:

    tells me that the decision for qatar was made long before the actual ‘vote’….

  32. Rowsdower says:

    Uche Okafor also played in two World Cups and was coaching youth soccer with the ASG Group which is headed up by former Dallas Burn coach Dave Dir here in Texas.


  33. Glaing says:

    Maybe someone should do a Brick and stap him in the heart with a Trident.

  34. JFC says:

    if Qatar has to build all these multi million dollar pitches why not make them domes.blatter is already trying to ruin football. why not go all the way?

  35. JFC says:

    blatter is the GW bush jr of football. horrible policies but hilarious to watch.

  36. RLW2020 says:

    they better not only have a plan but start constructing these stadiums soon! i can imagine that a 60,000 seat indoor stadium with AC and all the training facilities that go with it will take some time to build and finance.

    I really wouldn’t be surprised if Qatar does not pull it off.

  37. jonk says:

    Since no one has mentioned it, I’ll chime in with another concern about moving to winter: Qualifying and the draw. Normally the draw is 6 months ahead of the tournament. I imagine it would impact all the federations, but especiallly UEFA. They will definitely have to make some changes to squeeze qualifying in between Euro 2020 and whenever the draw is.

  38. Kevin_amold says:

    100% agreed. Why award it to a place first and then take considerations for player health second? Poor decision FIFA.

  39. Jack says:

    As Blatter manages to come off as a sexist idiot…again. AWESOME.

  40. Kevin_amold says:

    Yellow for partisanship on a soccer blog!

  41. Jack says:

    A lot of the USMNT on twitter got heat for saying this, but the World Cup in Qatar might just be the easiest way for their team to actually qualify…

  42. Gaucholic says:

    you make a good point jonk.. this is going to make qualifying start 6 months sooner which is definitely going to affect Euro 2020 qualifying! Blatter needs to think about how this will affect world soccer and not just his swiss bank account!

  43. Jack says:

    So the major leagues are going to fit in 1) NT training camps, 2) warm-up friendlies, and 3) the actual World Cup itself into their mid-winter schedules (which is, oh yeah, the EPL’s busiest few weeks?!). Not to mention the fact that most people who wish to attend are going to have a hard time taking off of work for a few weeks in January.

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Like others have mentioned, Qatar was voted the WC because, among other things, they’re going to throw incredible amounts of money into air-conditioned stadiums so that the games can be played in June/July. What happened to that? Yes, there is time for the leagues to rearrange themselves…but they shouldn’t have to. The World Cup is scheduled during the summer for a reason, because it’s easiest for the most people. You can’t just shift the timing of a league season that has been in place for generations and expect it to go off without a hitch.

    The fact that Sepp Blatter is still in charge of FIFA after all of the crap that he has pulled astounds me. Sexist and corrupt he most certainly is, an idiot he most certainly is not considering the fact that he is keeping his job through all of this.

  44. Glaing says:

    It could affect the price of the broadcast rights. FIFA makes alot of money from ABC/ESPN. Of course Blatter will give them to Al Jezeera which is based in Quatar.

  45. Jeff Awesome says:

    I am still outraged at the bid process that meant absolutely nothing. People spent a lot of time and money on that charade. It’s an insult to everyone who cared about USA Bid. Sepp Blatter seems a little ‘crazy’. I thought maybe he just doesn’t speak English well.. but there is something else going on there.

  46. Judging Amy says:

    Exactly. This is bs of the highest order.

  47. Klaus says:

    Didn’t we just technically have a World Cup in winter with another to follow in 2014? Just saying…

    Blatter isn’t ruining football, the world is allowing him to do so. The idea of him running unopposed is shameful.

  48. B1879 says:

    Good point. The WC in mid June-mid July is a pretty ideal slot for this country.

  49. Judging Amy says:

    Yep. Or at least if you bid then you’ve gotta discuss the possibility that you’re gonna be moving the world cup to the winter. This bid disaster keeps getting so much worse itd be laughable if I didnt care so much about it.

  50. Judging Amy says:

    The idea about air conditioned stadiums that would then be taken apart and shipped to Africa sounded kinda ludicrous to me at the time (granted I have no background or tech knowledge about any of that kinda stuff).

  51. Paul says:

    What’s next, Sepp? Shortened matches and water breaks?

    What a clown.

  52. Judging Amy says:

    Haha. Its definitely the easiest way for their team to qualify. Some have made the argument that this WC will serve to improve the quality of Qatar’s football substantially but this is a very different situation from USA ’94. Qatar is nowhere near the cusp of improvement needed to become a mid-tier team.

  53. ThaDeuce says:

    Why is it easier for you to get away with it in the winter than the summer? Student/professor?

    I think for most people who work all year it won’t be much different, just wearing warmer clothes.

  54. JoeW says:

    Given time, the Euro leagues can adjust. I suspect they’ll start the season sooner, run later and just take a big gap in the middle (or let lower leagues play on–who knows?).

    But I worry about MLS. WC during MLS season has issues (MLS playing on, teams affected by losing players to the NT) but they’re relatively minor. While I’d prefer we play the WC in Qatar for the players’ sake and the fans’ sake, it probably makes it near impossible for any MLS players to be on the NT that year…unless they’re on loan to a Euro team. Otherwise you’re talking about guys going into camp in December or January after a 2 month layoff (or longer if they’re with a team that didn’t make the playoffs).

    And I agree that if the Qatar bid upfront had said “oh, and we’ll have to move the WC to winter” it likely wouldn’t have won.

    One last consideration (especially for those saying Qatar will lose 30-0 in their group). Anyone thing it’s possible that someone would try to “buy” referees? If you can buy a WC (with rumor that it was $1 million a vote) than why not 2-3 referees?

  55. wes says:

    If you cared about the players the most, you wouldn’t put them in qatar to begin with.

  56. JoeW says:

    Oops, I meant to say “I prefer we play the WC in Qatar IN THE WINTER for the players’ sake….”

  57. WeatherManXN01 says:

    It’s amazing that after FIFA originally shot down any changes to World Cup scheduling during the bid process, now they’re willing to bend over backwards.

    Money talks, lots of money screams.

  58. rlwang2003@yahoo.com says:

    Wow Sepp Blatter is a real idiot.

  59. The Dude says:

    Blatter is a fat, corrupt, sexist, two-faced, back-stabbing, politicking, evil genius. Chapeau, my dear Sepp, you’re a worthy f***ing adversary.

  60. Josh says:

    Blatter continues to confirm that he is nothing more than an egomaniac, homophobe and now with his “house-wife” comments he’s apparently a misogynist as well. He must be removed!!!

  61. Charles says:

    You have to be with kids.

    Kids go to school in the winter months.

  62. Jack Savidge says:

    If Fifa and Qatar were going to push a winter WC it should have been BEFORE the vote awarding them the Cup. Its just plain unethical to now say well its going to be too hot, we have to move it. This is classic bait and switch. I bet if the proposal said if we get the WC we will move it to the winter, then Qatar would never have won. More dirty dealing in international football…what a shocker.

  63. gstommylee says:

    2022 in the winter may not be a good thing given it would be going against the winter games that year 2022 I believe.

  64. Goalscorer24 says:

    What a scumbag Blatter is!

  65. Joseph D'Hippolito says:


  66. Kejsare says:

    It’s ideal for the rest of the World who’s domestic leagues are not playing. That’s why it stinks.

  67. Kejsare says:

    Holy Moly! This is getting more terrible by the day. And WC 2022 is still several thousands of days away.

  68. Second City says:

    Yet another great point.

  69. Second City says:

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and Sepp will be dead by 2022..

  70. Chris says:

    Every European league will fight this, and will force FIFA to keep the World Cup in the summer. Qatar will have to do it in the summer, or the World Cup will go to the 2nd place vote winner which is…….oh yea, the United States.

  71. Brent McD says:

    what a joke! shouldn’t this have been mentioned as a possibility during the bidding process??!? there’s also been talk of qatar sharing games with neighboring countries, which was of course never mentioned prior to voting either. changing the rules after-the-fact. FIFA should be ashamed.

  72. kevin in abq says:


  73. buff111 says:

    Winter WC..hmm many good points have been made. Assuming ESPN/ABC will broadcast here, it’s hard to imagine ESPN is going to televise soccer over college basketball. College basketball is a mega cash cow for ESPN and some on ABC. To give that up for soccer, hmmm, hard to imagine. From the point of view of the US, it’s not a good fit. And the European leagues are going to have to give up major players for 2-3 months all tolled, hard to imagine that as well. In the future when Blatter makes these announcements, he shouldn’t stand there and talk with all that money hanging out of his pockets; it looks tacky.

  74. Chris says:

    Well as far as discussing TV/Cable networks and the broadcasts of the games, who knows what type of landscape television will have at that time. We’re talking another 12 years away. Streaming internet networks like ESPN 3 have a lot of time to develop. With changes in technology how we view what we view could be very different.

    Still, there’re a lot of other bad side affects to scheduling in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.

  75. DaveInSLO says:

    Because of the time difference in Qatar it’s unlikely that a winter WC will affect ESPN’s NBA/College Basketball coverage. That being said, this “bait and switch” being pulled by Blatter and Qatar is shameful and an atrocious hypocrisy.

  76. Frontrow says:

    More proof of FIFA’s incompetence. It won’t be the first time a sports league has mismanaged itself to near exstinction. Boxing has already done it.

  77. GURU says:

    stupid just stupid why on earth did they choose qatar, qatar clearly stated the constructions of stadiums for there desert type of weather and now FIFA and qatar arent living up to what it should. FIFA IS A BIG ORGANIZATION whos corruption boils, I wouldnt be surprised they took briberies from big fat ceo of oil companies. what a shame what a disgrace. FIFA is gonna end football.