FIFA: President Infantino wants 2023 Women’s World Cup teams increased to 32.
The FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has disclosed the association’s plan to expand the 2023 Women’s World Cup participants to teams to 32 teams from its current 24 teams.
He made this known while speaking to the press ahead of the women’s World Cup final on Sunday between holders the United States and European Champions the Netherlands, stating he would take his proposals to the FIFA council and member associations for approval.
“I want to expand the tournament to 32 teams,” the Swiss-Italian told a news conference.
“We will have to act quickly to decide if we are to increase it for 2023, if we do we should reopen the bidding process to allow everyone to have a chance or maybe co-host. Nothing is impossible.”
“[I would like to see] a Club World Cup for women starting as soon as possible next year or the year after,.
“We need a Club World Cup which can be played even every year to expose clubs from all other the world to make clubs invest even more in womens football to really shine in a world stage which is a real and true Club World Cup,he added.
The President also said FIFA will increase its investment in women’s soccer worldwide to $1 billion over the next four-years.