The world has lost confidence in FIFA and the 2022 World Cup is at the centre of it all.
In 2010 - amid allegations of bribery and kickbacks - FIFA chose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, ignoring an inspection report labelling Qatar as a "high-risk" bid.
The case against Qatar has continued to mount. Workers are dying, and Qatar has a failed to deliver promised reforms for workers’ rights.
Now, FIFA is feeling the pressure, moving the 2022 tournament from the traditional months of June and July to December. It has taken away the 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar, used as a test run for infrastructure and stadiums.
But Qatar's problems run deeper: workers are trapped in the country and need their employers’ permission to leave, their passports are withheld, and many live a dozen or more to a room, earning just a few dollars a day.
The ITUC estimates more than 4000 workers will die before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup and reigning FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called the decision to pick Qatar a "mistake."
On 29th May, FIFA will elect a new president.
We call on the candidates to take reform seriously by pledging to rerun the vote for the 2022 World Cup (if Qatar does not change its ways), establishing legitimate selection criteria for future World Cups in line with International Olympic Committee standards on human and labour rights, and tackling corruption head-on.
 ITUC Special Report. “The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup” ITUC, March 2014.
 Liljas, Per. "Sepp Blatter: Awarding the World Cup to Qatar Was a 'Mistake'" Time, 16 May 2014.