FIFA has snubbed their initial plans to increase number of teams for 2022 World Cup from the current 32 teams to 48 teams,The Times reports.
President of the Football regulatory body,Gianni Infantino has opted out of the plans to expand number of teams for 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams following claims it will be too challenging.
He however, approved some games be played in neighboring countries in the Middle East.
In a previously feasibility study conducted by the association,it was reported that Qatar could not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restored ties with Doha. Because of their neutrality in the Gulf’s diplomatic crisis, Kuwait and Oman were indicated to be potential options to host games in 2022, but FIFA was unable to thoroughly assess the countries’ stadium infrastructure.
As a result of the decision, the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be the first 48-team event.
Infantino will formally announce the decision at FIFA’s congress in Paris on June 5 this year.