Final decision on 2022 World Cup team expansion to 48 set for June – FIFA
SEE ALSO :Change of rules in footballFIFA's feasibility study into an expanded World Cup in 2022 said Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates were potential options to host games in three years time. But Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would only be candidates if their governments ended a diplomatic blockade of Qatar launched in 2017, the study said. A final decision on whether to expand the 2022 World Cup would be taken in Paris on June 6 after FIFA and Qatar jointly submit the names of potential co-host nations to the governing body's Congress. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is an enthusiastic supporter of expanding the 2022 World Cup, bringing forward an increase in the number of teams which had initially been planned for the 2026 finals staged in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The increase in teams will see the tournament feature 80 matches instead of the 64 used in a traditional 32-team World Cup.
SEE ALSO :Chelsea appeal against FIFA transfer banFor the 2026 tournament in North America, 60 games will be held in the United States with Canada and Mexico getting 10 games each. A similar division is anticipated for 2022, with Qatar retaining the bulk of the matches. A FIFA document on Thursday said an expanded 2022 tournament would use the same format planned for 2026, with the six regional confederations would receive the same number of qualifying slots allocated for the tournament in North America.