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FIFA mulls expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

IANS  |  Miami 

The 2022 football may see an expansion from 32 to 48 teams, the Giovanni Infantino, has said.

"We have published to our council members a feasibility study which is quite a thorough document, where we came to the conclusion that, yes, it is feasible to move in 2022 from 32 to 48 teams.

"Provided certain conditions are met," said here during a meeting of the Council in Miami.

decided in 2018 that the 2026 World Cup, to be hosted by the US, and Mexico, would use the new 48-team format, reports news.

The feasibility study has identified potential venues in Qatar's neighbourhood Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the that could host the 16 additional matches.

However, Bahrain, and the UAE must first drop a diplomatic blockade they instituted against in 2017, for the expansion to happen.

"So, to be very clear, today we have a in of 32 teams," said.

"However, since we decided in January 2017 that we should increase the number, we are seeing whether it is possible/feasible to anticipate this in 2022," the FIFA said.

"If it is feasible, if it is possible, great. If it is not feasible, if it is not possible, great," he said.

A final decision will be made at the in in June, coinciding with the Women's World Cup, said.

Expanding the field to 48 teams would create three additional berths for Europe, an extra four each for and Asia, three more spots for North and And the first time, would get a guaranteed slot.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 12:24 IST