Football Fans Set For 10am Pub Starts To Watch Early Kick-Offs At 2022 World Cup

In four years time, we could potentially wake up to the sight of Gareth Southgate wearing a waistcoat in the middle of winter as England kick-off their World Cup campaign at ten in the morning. Pub anyone?

It was revealed earlier that their could be four matches a day at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the first game kicking off at 10am and the last kicking off at 7pm in a marathon of football madness.

Anyone else really excited for these early starts? Let a mate know this is happening.

Image: PA
Image: PA
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Qatar is three hours ahead of the UK so according to Nasser, who is the assistant secretary general for the World Cup organising body, their will be four games a day starting at 13:00 (GMT+2)

"There's a proposition to hold four matches a day, one at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 Doha time (GMT+3) This will be finalised with FIFA." he said.

"We are are currently planning for the matches per day, but also considering four a day as the weather and temperature will be good, and also all stadiums are enjoying air conditioning."

It is just 209 weeks until the 2022 World Cup kicks off and the mere thought of it being in the winter months is still baffling.

In approximately 2,000,000 minutes, mulled wine will be thrown all over the place whilst everyone freezes their arses off watching Cameroon vs Argentina and Iran vs Algeria in the group stages.

The World Cup being held in the run up to Christmas will mean that leagues will have to break for several weeks before the tournament to allow national teams to have time with their players in the build up.

FIFA 's vice president, Jim Boyce, is more than happy with the decision:

"I think it could be a tremendous World Cup because I think players will be fresher than they have ever been. It's going to be 28 days, it's not a lifetime. It means [domestic leagues] starting three weeks earlier and finishing three weeks later for one year."

Qatar's weather still averages around 20 degrees in November so hopefully, we might see Gareth and his waistcoat once more.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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