World Cup 2022: Schedule of Dates, Logo, Location and Latest Rumours

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 14, 2018

UNSPECIFIED: In this undated computer-generated artists impression provided by 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, a Qatar 2022 World Cup venue to be built in Doha, Qatar. (Illustration provided by 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy via Getty Images)
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup concludes on Sunday as France take on Croatia in the final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Once the drama in Russia is all over, thoughts will quickly turn to Qatar 2022.

Here's a look at the logo for the next edition of the World Cup:

FIFA Events @FIFA_Events

New post (logo qatar 2022 - Buscar con Google...) has been published on Fifa World Cup - https://t.co/baLwOft45P https://t.co/8LoCbH6j2J

The decision to award the tournament to Qatar provoked controversy due to concerns over the country's suitability. Allegations of corruption in the bidding process also arose, but the hosts have been cleared of any wrongdoing, per BBC Sport.

Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host a World Cup. The high summer temperatures in the country—which commonly exceed 40 degrees celsiusmean it has been scheduled to take place in the winter, from November 21 to December 18.

Sky Sports News showed the difference in temperatures:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Qatar won the World Cup on a summer tournament bid - when the average maximum temperature is over 40 degrees. #SSNHQ http://t.co/ZbcIwl3qk9

Moving the World Cup to winter is a controversial move and means disruption to domestic leagues. Football associations will have to find a way to work around the tournament, and it could mean starting some seasons earlier.

There has been speculation the next World Cup could be expanded to 48 teams. The proposal was on the agenda of a FIFA Council meeting in June, but it is problematic, as shown by Rob Harris of the Associated Press:

Rob Harris @RobHarris

Sense from within FIFA Council meeting is FIFA realising how problematic it would be expanding Qatar 2022 to 48 teams, requiring spreading games in Gulf - a significant alteration to the bidding proposals from 2010 vote & hosting agreements https://t.co/OqAwKidlIV

Expanding the World Cup in Qatar also looks difficult as the country has already had to reduce the number of stadiums it plans on using. Originally there were 12 venues set to be included, but that has now been reduced to eight because of rising costs, per Press Association Sport (h/t Sky Sports).

The Qatar Foundation showed off one of the stadiums:

Qatar Foundation @QF

One of Qatar’s eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is located in #EducationCity! ⚽🏟️ Do you know the nickname of the stadium? Here is a hint to help you: 💎 #QatarFoundation #Russia #Qatar #SeeYouIn2022 #WorldCup2018 https://t.co/xShVVDRboe

The construction of the stadiums has been another issue. Workers have been subjected to "potentially life-threatening heat and humidity" and "hundreds of workers are dying every year," per Human Rights Watch (h/t the Guardian's David Conn).

The 2018 World Cup saw disappointment for two of the greatest players ever to grace the game, as Lionel Messi's Argentina were knocked out in the last 16 along with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

Messi will be 35 by the time the next World Cup swings around, but he is being tipped to feature by football journalist Euan McTear:

Euan McTear @emctear

So Messi will be 34/35 at Qatar 2022. So what? He's Messi. It can be done.

Ronaldo looks unlikely to retire for some time after signing a four-year deal with Juventus. He has said he feels it is possible for players to continue playing until the age of 40 if they look after themselves, per Marca (h/t ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan).

It's unlikely the pair will still be at the top of the world's game in 2022, and new stars have already started to emerge. France's teenage striker Kylian Mbappe shone in Russia and will still only be 23 by the time the tournament in Qatar begins.