FIFA Asia chief: 2022 Winter World Cup would 'make sense'
October 11, 2012 -- Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)
- FIFA vice president backs idea of winter World Cup in 2022
- Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein represents Asia region
- Temperatures in the Gulf state soar in June and July
- The 36-year-old Jordanian encouraging women's participation in football
Read a version of this story in Arabic.
(CNN) -- Moving the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to the winter would "definitely make sense," the FIFA vice president with responsibility for the region, has told CNN.
Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has been in his role, representing the whole of Asia, since January 2011, shortly after the award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar.
The idea of moving the competition from its traditional slot in June and July when temperatures soar in the Gulf region, to December and January, when it is cooler, has been floated by a number of leading football officials, including UEFA president Michel Platini.
That would interrupt the European league season, but Al Hussein has taken a pragmatic view.
"It would definitely make sense," he said.
Brazil's World Cup countdown
Kickbacks and cover-ups at FIFA?
FIFA in crisis over bribery scandal
"I mean they have had the Asian Finals in the winter but again that goes back to them as organizers and we will be there to support them."
The 36-year-old is the youngest member of the executive committee of football's world governing body and is also president of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), which covers the Middle East. region.
He is ambitious for football in his region and believes that they can match the achievements of the leading European leagues in the future.
"I think of course, if we work as hard as we can, both as officials, as team managers, as players all across the spectrum then definitely I think in the future we can be the best," he believes.
He has also been keen to promote women's football, despite cultural difficulties in many countries under his jurisdiction.
The prince successfully lobbied to gain acceptance of women being able to play wearing the hijab, the Muslim head dress that covers the hair, ears and neck, a violation of a FIFA ban on all religious and political symbols.
"I think it is very important obviously to allow everyone to play our game and I am very happy that now we have given the opportunity for women all across the world to participate in the sport that they love.
"I am very proud that at the end of the day IFAB (International Football Association Board) has taken the right decision in that respect."
He was elected to the FIFA executive on a platform of greater transparency in the wake of corruption scandals which saw one of his predecessors in the vice president role, Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, banned for life on bribery charges.
Part of complete coverage on
Be part of CNN's coverage of European Champions League matches and join the social debate.
December 16, 2013 -- Updated 1754 GMT (0154 HKT)
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a museum dedicated to his glittering football career in his hometown of Funchal.
Jurgen Klinsmann may face his greatest footballing challenge after a tough World Cup draw for his U.S. team, says CNN's Don Riddell.
December 9, 2013 -- Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT)
Spain will face the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, as the draw for Brazil next year brings up some intriguing clashes.
Who will your country face at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil? See how the draw played out on our live blog.
CNN's Alex Thomas takes a brave punt on the 2014 champion ahead of Friday's World Cup draw.
December 5, 2013 -- Updated 1835 GMT (0235 HKT)
Pele has backed Brazil to deliver a "fantastic" World Cup amid growing fears the country will not be ready in time to host football's showpiece event.
December 4, 2013 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
Adidas unveils official match ball, the Brazuca, and CEO Herbert Hainer discusses the tech behind it.
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 2209 GMT (0609 HKT)
Zahir Belounis contemplated suicide as he was stuck in Qatar for two years. But the footballer says it still deserves to host the 2022 World Cup.
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 1708 GMT (0108 HKT)
As he celebrates his 40th birthday, just what is the secret to Ryan Giggs' longevity?
Two Belgian "brain coaches" are helping transform AC Milan from big-spender to developer of young talent, says CNN's John Sinnott.
October 22, 2013 -- Updated 1457 GMT (2257 HKT)
Shootings, attempted assassinations and intimidation - welcome to Libyan football in 2013.
October 18, 2013 -- Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
Zahir Belounis' limbo existence is almost at an end. After a two-year nightmare, he has been told he will finally receive his Qatari exit visa.
October 10, 2013 -- Updated 1101 GMT (1901 HKT)
France's multicultural stars shone brightest at the World Cup 15 years ago -- now could it be Belgium's turn to do the same in Brazil next year?
Adnan Januzaj and Diego Costa have highlighted a major dilemma for international football, says CNN's John Sinnott.
CNN's Alex Thomas reports from FIFA HQ after the ruling body delayed its decision on the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
FIFA's credibility rides on finding a solution to the Qatar World Cup controversy, says CNN's Ben Wyatt.
Today's five most popular stories