Fifa member Franz Beckenbauer has proposed that the 2022 World Cup be played in January or February.
Beckenbauer proposes change to calendar for 2022
Fifa executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer has proposed that the 2022 World Cup be played in January or February.
Qatar won the right to stage the tournament in Thursday's vote in Zurich but there are concerns about the hot weather in the desert state.
World Cups are traditionally held during the northern hemisphere's summer months after the end of the domestic league competitions.
It is likely to be a scorching 50 degrees Celsius at this time of year in Qatar, although climate-control technology will be deployed to keep the temperature on the pitch to 27 degrees.
Beckenbauer, who won the 1974 World Cup as West Germany captain and also coached his nation to the 1990 title, believes other options need to be considered.
"One should think about a different solution," Beckenbauer told Bild
"In January or February you have a comfortable 25 degrees there. Plans for the biggest leagues would have to change for 2022 but that would not be a major undertaking.
"It would be an alternative to using climate control at great expense for stadiums and fan zones."
Beckenbauer, who is stepping down from Fifa's executive committee in March, does not believe a decision should have been made on the 2022 hosts on Thursday.
The vote for 2018 took place at the same time, with Russia getting the nod over three other bids including England.
Beckenbauer has long opposed the double vote, saying: "It was a mistake to do both 2018 and 2022 on the same day but now it has happened.
"I would be happy to leave the 2022 decision to the next generation."