President Gianni Infantino says that the geography and politics surrounding Qatar are the problems that they have to address.
FIFA and its president Gianni Infantino are looking to expand the number of teams participating in the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48.
The original plan was to have Qatar host the 2022 tournament with 32 teams, and open more spots for other countries in the 2026 edition in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
And after meeting with different participants, Infantino talked to the press to say he was very happy to see his dream close to becoming true.
“You have in front of you a happy FIFA president,” he was quoted by Football Italia.
“I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions.”
“We came to conclusion, yes it’s feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met” he explained.
“Since we decided in January 2017 that we should increase teams in 2026, and following a request from the 10 South American associations whether it is feasible to do this for 2022.”
“We have the duty to look into it, 90 per cent 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,” he said about the support.
“We know the situation in the Gulf region. 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. The more the merrier,” he concluded as he promised a final decision for the tournament to be announced in June.
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