FIFA's secretary general has stated that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar "will not be in June or July".
Jerome Valcke, who has been given the task of looking at alternative dates due to the fierce heat of the summer in Qatar, says it is likely to be held sometime between November 15 and January 15.
Valcke told France Info (radio station): "It will not be in June or July."
He added: "Frankly I think it'll be played between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.
"If you play between November 15 and the end of the year that's when the weather is at its most favourable."
Valcke suggested it will be "like a warm spring in Europe" with "an average temperature of 25 degrees, therefore it's perfect for football".
Valcke's statement however is likely to need ratification by FIFA's executive committee.