Fifa will choose the playing dates for 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar at its executive committee (ExCo) meeting next week and also begin talks on a timeline for the 2026 showpiece.
The two-day Fifa ExCo meeting- the first of the year- begins on 20 March with several key discussions tabled on its agenda.
The football’s governing body has agreed that voting for a 2026 host will be conducted by the full congress comprising of member federations. This is a stance agreed in the wake of the controversial ExCo’s choices of Russia and Qatar as hosts for the 2018 and 2022 finals.
A Fifa taskforce recommended end-November/end-December for the 2022 tournament last month in Doha. European football leagues and clubs have argued that the proposed dates will disrupt its calendar by several weeks as it happens to clash with their mid-season programmes. Next week’s congress is now expected to confirm exact playing dates.
A shorter tournament by four playing days was also proposed at the taskforce meeting to reduce the time clubs must hand over players for national team duty.
President Sepp Blatter has advocated a Sunday, 18 December final- Qatar’s national day- for the tournament against Uefa’s wish for Friday, 23 December.
Fifa would also choose host nation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup with France and North Korea running for the rights.
A single host nation for the Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018 should also be agreed upon.
Clubs will also take note of another Fifa discussion next week on how much money they are due from World Cup revenues in 2018 and 2022.
Fifa has meanwhile rejected calls for compensation by clubs for the 2022 winter tournament, which some top European clubs officials have argued contravenes the original summer tournament initially awarded to the Gulf state.
The governing body is in talks with the 214-member European Club Association to renew a working agreement. Clubs worldwide received $70m from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, distributed on a daily rate for as long as players were involved in the tournament.
The final financial report of the 2014 World Cup will also be announced at the meeting. Final revenues of about $4.5 billion are expected for the completed commercial cycle from years 2011 to 2014.