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REPORT: FIFA won’t expand 2022 World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Antoine Griezmann lifts the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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President Gianni Infantino wanted Qatar to host 48 teams instead of the 32 originally planned but the logistical nightmare was just too much.

When Qatar was chosen as the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the original idea was just to play with 32 nations.

But FIFA president Gianni Infantino wanted to expand the event to 48 teams, and after months of looking at different options, he might decide to go against his expansion idea.

At least this is what The Times reports in his electronic edition today.

“Infantino is expected to formally announce at FIFA’s Congress on June 5 in Paris that the 2022 tournament will remain at 32 teams,” the United Kingdom newspaper wrote.

“It will, as was previously decided, rise to 48 for the 2026 World Cup being played in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.”

FIFA wanted to organize the World Cup with 48 teams instead of 32 from this edition onwards.
But Qatar is in the middle of a political battle in the Middle East, after being blocked by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, Egypt, Libia, and Yemen.

Only Oman and Kuwait were not part of the blockade and intially it was tought they could share the hosting responsibilities to aid the nation.