I’ve got no axe to grind on World Cup dates and why Qatar was selected as a suitable venue – aside from the possibility of corruption within Fifa. But this ‘problem’ of a winter World Cup doesn’t seem like such a big problem to me.
The World Cup takes a month. Put two weeks on the start for preparation and one week at the end for recuperation and that’s seven weeks.
Less time is needed for recuperation because most players will finish much earlier than the final.
This season the Premier League started on August 17 and finishes on May 11.
It could easily have started three weeks earlier on July 27. The only things the clubs were doing during that period were touring the world and arguing about who might sign who. Everyone had been in training since the start of July.
Every season has at least one international break for friendlies that isn’t needed, so that’s another week that can be saved.
If there’s no international tournament in the summer (as there clearly won’t be if you’ve just played the World Cup finals six months earlier instead) then it doesn’t matter if the season goes on until the second week of June rather than the second week of May – normally the players would be off at the World Cup until into July anyway, then get a shorter break before having to start pre-season training.
So there’s another four weeks available, making a total of eight, and we only needed seven.
So I’m struggling to see why a winter World Cup would disrupt three seasons, as the various football leagues were claiming. It seems quite simple to ensure it only disrupts one. Maybe I’m missing something; shoot me down.