FIFA have decided in their infinate wisdom that Qatar are to host the 2022 world cup.
The problem being that the world cup is traditionally played in the summer months of June and July. The daytime temperature in these months in Qatar though can often hit 50 degrees, which has been pointed out is a dangerous temperature for the intense physical nature of a football match.
The only alternative being offered currently is to upset the football calender of world football to move the month long tournement to the winter months of December or January. The problem with this is that national associations would also want a month long training camp prior to the tournement kick-off.
I propose a different solution though. Why not switch the matches from a daytime kickoff to a night game. With Kick-offs at midnight onwards.
The benefit of this would be that the night time temperature in Qatar drops to a much more reasonable 25degrees. This would be more comfortable for players and fans alike. Also, this kick off time, allowing for timezone change would mean that the matches are shown live at 8pm kick off in the UK. No need for time off work to watch the games, helping employers avoid lost working hours.
Also having witnessed the new Abu Dhabi gran prix which takes place at dusk, the arabic nations really know how to use light and colour to really add to the spectacle. It would also leave fans to do tourist activities in the daytimes and evenings.
I believe that night games is definately an idea worth exploring before destroying the global football calender.
What do you think?