FIFA Could Expand World Cup To 48 Teams In Qatar 2022

FIFA Could Expand World Cup To 48 Teams In Qatar 2022

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

FIFA is looking to increase the number of participating teams for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar according to president Gianni Infantino.

In the current format, 32 teams qualify for the finals but if things go as planned, it would become 48.

Although, Qatar who won the hosting rights in 2010 have been planning for a 32-team tournament.

Earlier this year FIFA decided to increase the number for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

And Infantino could be looking in a similar direction for Qatar 2022.

Speaking at the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress at the new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Infantino said:

“We have decided to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48 and this will happen in 2026.

“Will it happen in 2022? We are looking at it. If it is possible, why not?”

“We have to see if it is possible, if it is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen,” he added.

“And, if not, we will have tried. We will have tried because we always have to try to do things in a better way.”

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