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FIFA set to expand World Cup to 48 teams ASAP

Plans to expand FIFA World Cup to 48 teams already underway

October 31, 2018 By Oscar Rojas
FIFA President Gianni Infantino admitted that the plan might be difficult to execute, but football's governing body will try to make it happen for the 2022 edition.

For those who thought that the 2022 World Cup would be complicated enough due to the fact that it will be played during the winter, things are about to get even trickier.

Speaking at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation's new headquarters, FIFA's main man admitted that plans to expand the competition could be given a boost, but Qatar may need more help to pull this through.

"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," Infantino said.

The first FIFA World Cup with 48 teams is scheduled to be played in 2026, with the U.S.,Mexico and Canada as the hosts. Nevertheless, Infantino seems eager to have the format changing as soon as possible, even if it seems to be quite complicated at the moment.

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

"It seems to me a very interesting idea. We have to study it seriously and if it is possible, why not? I firmly believe in an enlargement because I am convinced that it is good for the development of football," the Swiss exec concluded.

Some confederations, such as CONMEBOL, have already voiced their support to the idea of increasing the number of teams for the upcoming World Cup. Let's see if this plan can come to life in the next few months, especially since some World Cup Qualifiers are set to start in March of 2019.


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