Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has warned a summer World Cup in Qatar would be more than inconvenient - it would be dangerous too.
Dyke said on Friday that FIFA has two choices - to move the 2022 tournament to a cooler part of the year or move it to another country. He believes a winter World Cup is the more likely option.
In speaking out, it is the first time the FA has taken a formal position on the controversial issue, although Dyke's predecessor David Bernstein said in June that any plans to move the World Cup to the winter were "fundamentally flawed".
The FA's stance could lead to some differences with the Premier League, whose chief executive Richard Scudamore strongly opposes any move to change the World Cup to the winter due to the disruption it will cause to domestic club competitions over three years.
But Dyke has serious concerns about the weather in Qatar, where the desert climate sees June temperatures typically peak above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a daily basis.
"It's too hot," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "Forget about footballers; think about the fans.
"If you get thousands of fans, as you do at World Cups, out in that heat I just don't see how it works.
"You can have air-conditioned stadiums but you've got to get in and out of the stadium, and that can take you an hour. In that sort of heat it's quite dangerous I think."
He added: "My major concern is about fans. If thousands of fans turn up for a tournament in Qatar it could be very dangerous."
Dyke warned on Friday that the dispute over the 2022 finals was likely to be resolved by litigation, and he stressed the FA is not taking a stance on whether it should be moved to another country or shifted to a different time of year.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has recently expressed a preference for a tournament in a cooler season of the year.
"I think that's up to FIFA to work that out," Dyke added. "The only position I'm making is that you can't hold it in Qatar in the summer."
He believes FIFA ignored warnings about the pitfalls of playing in such intense heat at the time the tournament was awarded to Qatar, in December 2010.
"FIFA were told that at the time they took the decision. There was a report at that stage saying they thought this could be dangerous," Dyke said.
"Clearly people wanted to take football to a place like Qatar where there's no footballing tradition. But it wasn't thought through properly.
"I think Sepp Blatter is of the position you can't hold it in the summer. What we're saying is that if you can't hold it in the summer, when do you hold it or where do you hold it are the questions that FIFA needs to answer.
"I'm going out to see him next month. I'm sure we will discuss all sorts of things. His belief, I think, is you will probably move it to the autumn or the winter."
Addressing the problems a non-summer World Cup would present for the Premier League, Dyke said: "I know Richard Scudamore's position pretty well and I have some sympathy with it.
"Richard Scudamore is saying this isn't a problem of our (the Premier League's) making. (He is saying) you will completely disrupt our league timetable not just for one season but for three if you move it to the autumn or winter.
"There are no winners in this. The wrong decision was probably taken originally, and now we've got to live with it and we've got to make it work."
Dyke suggested it would "look rather self-serving" if the FA proposed it could host the 2022 tournament and said that such a prospect was unlikely.
In terms of the next World Cup, Dyke is optimistic England will be there in Brazil next year.
He does accept, however, that mistakes have been made in the approach to tournaments such as the European Under-21 Championship, where England performed poorly.
Dyke, who has spent an evening in the pub with England boss Roy Hodgson to discuss the various issues, said: "Roy lives up the road from me so we went and had an evening's drinking in Richmond, talking about the future, the importance of this year.
"There are four important competitive internationals and we are all pretty optimistic we are going to get to Brazil. Some people think it might be via the play-offs, I'm not so sure, I think we might get straight there. Roy is certainly confident. So are we at the FA that we will get to Brazil."