Tickets for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are set to go on sale in January, the Associated Press reports.

The announcement comes as the governing body for world football became aware of Qatar’s plan to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for fans.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani announced the vaccine news to state media over the weekend. FIFA has not yet commented on its stance behind the plan.

“Further details will be provided at the appropriate time in advance of the start of the ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which is currently scheduled for January 2022,” FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press, providing the first timeline for sales.

Qatar’s World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022, rather than the tournament’s usual summer schedule to avoid the heat of the Gulf nation.

By the time tickets go on sale in January, 10 out of the 13 European teams to have qualified will be known.

FIFA said in a statement: “FIFA takes note of the plan announced by Qatar’s prime minister and is grateful for the host country’s continued efforts to provide the best possible conditions for fans attending the FIFA World Cup in 2022, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In all such matters, we will keep working closely with our counterparts, while also monitoring how the situation evolves globally.”

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