Former FIFA Official Suggest Qatar World Cup Games Could Be Played Late At Night And During Primetime For US And European Audiences


“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.,” the former Chile FA president said. “You’d change everything. It would be a couple of hours behind in Europe, and that would help TV.”

The 1:00 AM matches would go off at 6:00 PM in the United States which would make the games easier to view than if they were scheduled during the times that normal World Cup games are scheduled (The time difference would have meant a lot of early mornings for US soccer fans). This is one of the smarter plans that have been voiced. No one wants to change the international soccer calendar to fit the World Cup into the winter break and it is clear FIFA has no intention of moving the 2022 World Cup to a different country, no matter how many human rights violations and corruption occur. It is not the best situation but so far it is the only suggestion worth following and it is still not perfect. Even at night Qatar reaches 90 degrees but the lack of sun and the supposed “air conditioned stadiums” could at least render the games playable. It will be interesting to see how this idea is received.


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