The tournament is now likely to be played during the winter months, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has said.
“The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June to July,” he told Radio France.
“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.
“If you play between November 15 and the end of December that’s the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees.
“That would be perfect for playing football.”
The scheduling of the tournament has been a controversial issue because of the sweltering temperatures in the Gulf state ,with fears that players, fans and officials could be at risk.
Jerome Valcke is Fifa’s second most powerful official behind Fifa President Sepp Blatter. Sky News