FIFA rejects calls for winter World Cup compensation

FIFA has rejected Football Federation Australia (FFA)’s calls for financial compensation should Qatar’s 2022 World Cup be moved to winter.

Australia, along with Japan, South Korea and the United States bid for the 2022 World Cup, with FFA spending AU$45.6 million from the Australian government to prepare its bid. Earlier this week, FFA requested for compensation for all disturbed domestic leagues and failed 2022 bidders should the tournament be switched to winter.

“As part of the bidding documents all bidders, including the FA of Australia, accepted that the format and dates of the staging of the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup, though initially expected to be in June/July, remains subject to the final decision of the FIFA organising committee. There is no ground for any speculations [of compensation],” said a FIFA spokesperson, according to ESPN.

FIFA is due to hold a meeting on October 3 to discuss the possibility of moving the World Cup from its traditional summer slot to winter, as the hot temperatures in 2022 host region Qatar would be more bearable.