FIFA dismisses report of change to football calendar
The world governing body FIFA has no plans to make changes to the football season following a report in Germany that leagues could run within a calendar year in future, DPA reported.
FIFA said in a statement Thursday there are "at present no concrete plans to change the international match calendar."
Germany's Sport Bild weekly said Wednesday FIFA and European body UEFA intended to change league seasons in Europe to run from April to October rather than from August to May as at present in Europe's top leagues.
World Cups and European Championships would be played in February and March rather than in a European summer, according to the report citing information from "the innermost circle of UEFA."
Leagues would run from April to October, the Champions League final would be played in the autumn and internationals held in a six-week period starting from November, it said.
The changes would be made from 2015 at the earliest and have been prompted by considerations to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the European winter, the report added.