In an extension of their policy to bring football to new countries, FIFA have announced that they have appointed Antarctica to host the 2026 World Cup. FIFA chief, Sepp Blatter explained that "with the 2022 event being held in Qatar, we felt that holding the 2026 event in Antarctica would help to balance out the temperatures at which football is played." A team of Emperor Penguins will represent the host nation and their young are already being trained by manager
FIFA are to experiment with ice pitches and spiked football boots from 2016, bringing in a "no-contact" rule with effect from that date to prepare for this "soccer on ice" tournament.
A knock-on effect of this "no contact" rule is expected to see Arsenal win the English Premiership every year from 2016 onwards, with teams such as Blackburn, Bolton and Stoke often unable to field a full team due to suspensions of players for touching their opponents.
Torvil and Dean are expected to be appointed as managers of the England team in preparation for the change in skills required.