Qatar World Cup 2022: Top clubs 'open' to winter tournament
Europe's leading clubs have stated that they are "open" to the possibility of a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has called for the tournament to be moved because of concern over how players would cope in summer temperatures of 40C and above.
Phil McNultyChief football writer
If FA chairman Greg Dyke has realistic hopes of watching England fulfil his goal of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, then a move to hold the tournament in winter would slightly improve his chances.
England's players - whoever they may be then - would clearly be more comfortable if the World Cup was moved away from a time of the year when temperatures could touch 40C and above.
It is perfectly understandable, however, that the Premier League would take an opposing view as the bid was won on the basis of holding the World Cup in summer and with the self-interest of avoiding disruption to their own competition.
From a purely footballing point of view England's players would benefit from playing in milder conditions and would also be less jaded than if the World Cup was played at the conclusion of a long Premier League season.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the
European Club Association,
which represents the top teams, said: "It is probably better to play it in winter.
"We're not in a hurry, there are still nine years to go."
Since Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in 2010, the practicalities of staging a summer competition in the Middle East have been debated.
his own concerns in July,
Blatter said he would consult the host nation and his executive committee about his proposals to have the World Cup moved to the winter.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.