FIFA wants Qatar to ease mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for 2022 World Cup

The current regulations require all fans who want to attend matches must be fully inoculated. The upcoming Arab Cup tournament may provide a glimpse into how Qatar will handle the World Cup.

FIFA Drops Proposal to Expand 2022 World Cup

(ATR) FIFA's showcase tournament to remain at 32 teams in Qatar.

First World Cup Stadium Ready for 2022

(ATR) Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium renovations are complete; domestic cup final is on Friday.

FIFA Facing Showdown with Qatar on Alcohol

(ATR) Muslim country says there will be no public drinking during 2022 World Cup.

Infantino in Qatar After Meeting Putin in Russia

(ATR) FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s tour of the host countries for the next two World Cups has moved on to Qatar.

Swiss Investigation Reveals Possible Money Laundering Around World Cups

(ATR) Also: Ex-CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb possibly extradited to the United States by week's end.

FIFA Weighs Options for Winter World Cup

(ATR) FIFA is more emphatic than ever that the 2022 World Cup will be played in winter.

IOC Vice President Downplays Corruption in FIFA World Cup Bidding

(ATR) John Coates is distancing himself from a so-called FIFA whistleblower.

European Clubs Back April/May World Cup in Qatar

(ATR) The European Club Association proposal would avoid any possible conflict with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

OCA President Lends Support to Qatar 2022

(ATR) The head of the Olympic Council of Asia supports Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

2022 FIFA World Cup Host Approves Reforms for Migrant Workers

(ATR) Qatar is improving working conditions for the thousands of migrant workers involved in FIFA World Cup building projects.

Winter Federations Not Yet Worried About World Cup Switch

(ATR) Despite rumblings that the 2022 FIFA World Cup may be moved to the winter, the winter sports federations aren’t panicking until they have more information.

McQuaid Off IOC Member List; Winter World Cup Draws Ski Chief Concerns

(ATR) The former UCI president is no longer listed as an IOC member... Winter sports could be affected by a shift of Qatar's World Cup... Milan could be the only Italian city able to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Tokyo 2020 Visits PM; Australia Urges FIFA Not to Rush Qatar Decision

(ATR) Tokyo 2020 bid team visits with Abe ... Abe uses Olympic bid to add business for Japan ... FIFA should takes its time on Qatar, says Australia ... FIFA adds new partner. ATR Coverage of the 125th IOC Session Sponsored by EY.

FIFA Report -- Reaction to Corruption Reforms; World Cup TV Rights

(ATR) Anti-corruption organization Transparency International welcomes road map to reforms but insists FIFA still has "a lot of work to do” ... Fox outbids ESPN, NBC for U.S. broadcast rights to 2018, 2022 World Cups.

Qatar May Pass on 2020; CONI Paying for Rome; Durban Confidence

(ATR) Around the Rings has learned Qatar may skip a 2020 bid ... CONI gives $1.4 million to start bid ... Durban confident of bid.

World Cup Bid Power Index: Russia Close on England; USA Top Qatar

(WFI) Russia narrows the gap on England in the third edition of World Football INSIDER's World Cup Bid Power Index ...

ATR Photodesk -- World Cup Bids Present Files to FIFA

ATR The nine bids vying to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup present their bid dossiers to FIFA president Sepp Blatter  at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on May 14. The Around the Rings/World Football Insider Photodesk is now online.

FIFA Report -- Bidding Process for 2018, 2022 World Cups Announced

(ATR) FIFA kicked off the simultaneous bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in a letter sent to its 200-plus national associations.

FIFA Report -- Team GB Considered; World Cup Bidding Process Finalized

(ATR) FIFA will address the Team GB proposal and 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding at its executive committee meeting in Tokyo.