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FIFA backs 48-team World Cup in 2022


MIAMI: FIFA moved a step closer on Friday to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if an appropriate co-host may also be discovered.

An inner feasibility learn about supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed via President Gianni Infantino, used to be given complete backing via the FIFA council in Miami.

A final resolution will now be taken in Paris on June 6 after FIFA and Qatar collectively post the names of potential co-host international locations to the governing frame's Congress.

Infantino, who additionally showed a brand new Club World Cup with 24 teams will begin in 2021 to interchange the Confederations Cup, instructed a press conference: "You have in entrance of you a happy FIFA president.

"I am at all times satisfied but particularly as of late because we have taken some important choices.

"We got here to conclusion, sure it is feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams on the World Cup supplied positive prerequisites are met.

"Since we made up our minds in January 2017 that we will have to building up teams in 2026, and following a request from the 10 South American associations if it is feasible to do this for 2022.

"We have the duty to look into it, 90 percent are in favour of an increase but it's not as easy as that. We have to analyse matters carefully and we are working closely with Qatar."

The move clear of the traditional 32 teams which will see 80 matches instead of 64 -- the notion used to be originally slated to come back into impact for the 2026 tournament in North America -- method one or more different countries might be asked to assist Qatar stage the shortened 28-day tournament which is scheduled to kick off in November 2022.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates are all potential choices yet rancorous diplomatic disputes has resulted in the tiny Gulf state being politically isolated from lots of its former allies.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will want to finish their diplomatic blockade of Qatar introduced in 2017 if they need to be concerned, FIFA's feasibility learn about mentioned.

"We know the situation in the Gulf region," added Infantino. "We are in the lucky position of being in football, and that means you can only care about football. I was pleased with the reaction of the Qataris. We don't want to regret not analysing the decision."

For the 2026 tournament in North America, 60 video games might be held within the United States with Canada and Mexico getting 10 video games each and every.

A similar division is anticipated for 2022, with Qatar holding the bulk of the matches whilst Infantino moved to allay fears the increase in teams could dilute the standard of the tournament.

"The more the merrier," the FIFA supremo mentioned.

A FIFA file on Thursday mentioned an expanded 2022 tournament would use the same structure deliberate for 2026, with the six regional confederations receiving the same number of qualifying slots allocated for the tournament in North America.

FIFA, in the meantime, have been instructed that the main European clubs will boycott a Club World Cup expanded to 24 teams in 2021 which used to be additionally given the go-ahead on the meeting in Florida.

A 17-page file distributed to the 37 members of FIFA's ruling frame calls for the new tournament to take place between June 17 and July 4 2021, replacing the Confederations Cup world tournament.

Infantino known as the verdict to move forward with the plans an "important milestone for world football" and expects no issues transferring ahead.


"We should enjoy what is coming," he mentioned.


But the European Club Association (ECA) mentioned main European clubs would boycott the development.


An ECA spokesman instructed AFP: "ECA clubs will not participate in the Club World Cup in 2021 and will assess participation in the Club World Cup in 2024."


There used to be additionally confirmation from FIFA that the video assistant referee machine (VAR) might be used on the girls's World Cup this summer season.


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