The 2022 World Cup in Qatar should take place in November and December, a FIFA taskforce has recommended, the BBC reports.
Key football officials met in Doha to discuss a number of options following fears a summer event would endanger the health of players and fans.
Summer temperatures in Qatar can exceed 40C while those in November and December drop to around 25C.
Tuesday’s recommendation is expected to be ratified by FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich on 19 and 20 March.
Taskforce chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa also recommended that the 2022 tournament should be shortened by a few days.
There has already been speculation that the tournament could start on 26 November and end on 23 December.
However, FIFA has already said there are no plans to reduce the size of the tournament from 32 teams or 64 matches.