The tournament, which usually runs four days longer, will still require clubs to be disrupted for more than a month, however, as the schedule demands players be able to practice with their national teams for at least one week prior to the tournament’s kickoff. That means, club play will have to halt no later than Nov. 14, according to ESPN FC.
FIFA’s executive committee made the decision on Friday amid news of a rising scandal pertaining directly to the organization’s president Sepp Blatter.
On Friday, Switzerland’s attorney general opened up a criminal inquiry against Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA funds.
The new charges follow recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is heading up a separate U.S.-led investigation into a $150 million bribery scandal of FIFA.
Last month, Lynch said she anticipates “being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities,” although she did not name Blatter specifically.