World Cup watching: the new Thanksgiving activity

American soccer fans should get ready to watch the World Cup along with eating turkey on Thanksgiving and follow the tournament all the way through the pre-Christmas season as FIFA announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin Nov. 21 and end with the final Dec. 18.

The 2022 World Cup will be a 28-day tournament, shortened to reduce the time players are away from their clubs in the middle of the European season.

In the case of MLS, the late fall dates will require it to end the playoffs a month earlier than it does now. Depending on the dates of the FIFA international calendar for 2022, it will be able to save at least a couple of weeks it would have lost during the summer for the finals when it has traditionally taken a break.

The Dec. 18 end to the tournament is a nod to the English Premier League, allowing it to resume eight days later on its traditional Boxing Day holiday.

On Thursday, it FIFA's executive committee also confirmed France as the host of the 2019 Women's World Cup (and 2018 Under-20 Women's World Cup) over South Korea.

France has made a significant push on the women's front. Its top two teams, Lyon and Paris St. Germain, receive heavy financial support from the owners of the famous men's clubs of the same name.

FIFA's executive committee will meet on Friday when it is expected to address the issue of the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, the next chance the USA has to bid to host the tournament.
1 comment about "World Cup watching: the new Thanksgiving activity".
  1. ROBERT BOND, March 20, 2015 at 8 a.m.

    fi-fa-fo-fum, bladder the giant sure is dum........have wanted to go to the world cup, not goin' near pootin, after Tunisia, kotter not lookin' too safe either...just have to live till '26.........

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