Blatter open to multi-hosts for 2022 World Cup

8 November 2013

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is open for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup to be hosted across the Gulf and Iran.

Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup has been in contention due to its high temperatures, with the FIFA executive committee deciding on whether to switch the event to winter after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“This is a question I keep a big question mark behind. I passed through Iran and, even on a political level, they said they would be happy to host some of the matches. Not only the Gulf states, but also Iran," Blatter said, speaking in Abu Dhabi ahead of today’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup final.

“This is a matter for UAE (United Arab Emirates) as well, they are very eager. But we need to take this step by step. We have up until 2022 to make a decision, nine years. The first step is how it can be made in winter, November or December. This will be discussed up until the next World Cup.

“To spread it to other countries isn't a new point. It's an interesting one. I just talked with your [the UAE] sports minister at noon for lunch. They are eager to organise other international competitions. They had the Under-20 World Cup and now the Under-17 World Cup, they are also keen to host a women’s tournament here.”