FIFA is preparing to start selling tickets in January next year ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Coronavirus vaccines are mandatory for visitors in Qatar, and FIFA has begun to rethink the organizers' plans.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in February that there must be full stadiums at the World Cup.
Ten of the 13 European teams to have qualified will be known by January. Rather than starting in June as usual, this World Cup will begin on Nov. 21 next year to avoid the fierce summer heat of the Gulf nation.
FIFA would not say if vaccines would be required for players and other dignitaries in Qatar where it is planning for stadiums to be full. Sheikh Khalid said Qatar was trying to secure one million doses to offer to unvaccinated fans planning to travel to Qatar.