Footballer in Qatar: World Cup is a great opportunity


Football's world governing body, Fifa, is meeting today to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

European football chiefs have already backed the idea of making it a winter tournament to avoid the heat of June and July.

Temperatures in Qatar can reach 50C (122F) during the summer and there are fears over player and fans safety.

There is a possibility the World Cup may be held elsewhere in 2022 instead.

Qatari International Amateur Football League match

Newsbeat's been to a match in the Qatari International Amateur Football League to find what it's like playing in the humid conditions.

The league is made up of foreign nationals who work and study in the country.

James Mwale

James is originally from Huddersfield and has been working as a football coach in Qatar for two years.

"This is a country where sport is forever growing," he says.

"All the kids love football and I think it's a great opportunity with the World Cup coming here to actually build on the passion that is already here and take it further as well.

"I think with the technology that the stadiums will have with the air conditioning then potentially we can have it in the summer."

Rob Benkovic

Rob Benkovic

Rob, who was on the losing team, is originally from Australia.

He says: "It still probably puzzles people how they are going to actually carry it out, trying to play in 40C (104F) heat is just insane.

"They are going to have to either move it I guess or build some air conditioned stadiums."

Nicholas Rowntree

Nicholas is a British football coach who lives in Qatar.

"It is really hot but it is getting cooler, traffic is a nightmare," he says.

"The first week I was here was the middle of August and that was horrible.

"I'd be disappointed if Qatar lost the bid because my job looks towards the World Cup, if they took that away we might lose our jobs."

John Savage

John Savage

By day, John Savage works in immigration but helps run the amateur league in his spare time.

He says: "When it is raining in the UK you quickly want to run and get in the car. Equally, here [because of the heat] you get the air conditioning on straight away.

"If we are talking about somebody collapsing or somebody having to come off a football pitch because it is too hot then I have not witnessed that in the last two years."

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