FIFA Officially Confirm Plans for 48-Team Tournament at 2022 World Cup

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The people spoke on condition of anonymity because public statements on this topic were not authorised. This will increase the number of matches from 64 to 84.

Adding 16 additional teams and 16 more games necessitate more venues.

Kuwait and Oman have remained neutral in the dispute and would be options politically, but their stadium infrastructure is lacking. "We will explore the possibility of who could potentially be hosting some of the games in the Gulf region and if we come to some conclusions in June, we will make a proposal to the council and of course the congress". "So, I think it's a natural progression of that competition". The boycotting nations also have pointed to Qatar's close relationship with Iran.

That would mean it starting nine days after a period of 2022 World Cup qualifiers and finishing just one day before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations.

"We are following developments around the FIFA Council closely".

In other news as reported by insideworldfootball, Confederation of African Football President and FIFA vice-president Ahmed finally received a visa to enter the United States for the meetings. "It has always been our mission to ensure that this World Cup belongs to the entire Arab World and the Middle East".

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And any declaration of support by FIFA's Council on Friday would acknowledge that expansion in 2022 can only take place if one or more countries on Qatar's borders are able to host games, according to a document seen by AFP. "After these consultations, the final decision will be made by Qatar and Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Members had already agreed to expand the original 32-team format to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup, but it had been claimed Infantino wanted to bring the change forward to 2022. The United States, Canada and Mexico won a vote past year.

A 17-page report distributed to the 37 members of FIFA's ruling body calls for the new tournament to take place between June 17 and July 4 2021, replacing the Confederations Cup global tournament.

But a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Club Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, and signed by 15 members of the organisation's board, including officials of Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam, made clear the opposition.

"Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions", he said. There were 25 votes in favour of and seven against the proposal.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "open" to the possible expansion of the tournament from 32 to 48 teams through the addition of a second host country. "UEFA supports the views of its stakeholders and has the duty to protect the health of players".

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