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FIFA: No decision yet on how many World Cup stadiums Qatar needs

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Khalifa Stadium rendering.
Khalifa Stadium rendering.

The world’s football governing body will decide the number of 2022 World Cup stadiums in “due course,” but not by the end of this year as expected, AFP reports.

This week, the newswire cited a FIFA official as saying the decision was part of an “overall ongoing infrastructure discussion.”

Several issues appear to still be in play, including transportation to venues and how many pitches will be needed for the shorter-than-usual 28-day tournament.

Qatar must have anywhere from eight to 12 stadiums ready for the 2022 games.

Construction afoot

So far, it has announced eight venues, five of which are under construction: Al Rayyan, Khalifa International, Al Wakrah, Al Bayt Al Khor and Qatar Foundation.

Three more venues in Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama are still in the preliminary stages.

However, World Cup organizers recently said they plan to be “managing eight live construction sites by mid-2017.”

All eight stadiums are expected to be completed by 2020.

FIFA was originally expected to announce the number of venues at the end of last year.

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