2022 World Cup: FIFA declares that a 48-team tournament is "achievable" • Parlay Game

The FIFA Council met Friday in Miami to discuss the results of a feasibility study on the possibility of expanding the tournament.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the study showed that it was possible to increase the size of the competition to 48 teams "provided certain conditions are met."

Infantino also said that it would require some neighboring countries to share hospitality tasks and that FIFA "is working closely" with Qatar to explore the possibility of an expansion of the tournament.

"We will move on to the next step, and we will explore the possibility of knowing who could possibly host some of the Games in the Gulf," said Infantino.

"And if we come to conclusions in June, we will make a proposal to the Council and Congress, which is our ultimate decision-making body and will provide the final decision on this matter.

"If it happens, fantastic, if it does not happen, fantastic too," added Infantino.

Qatar has been awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the first ever hosted by a Middle East country in 2010.

The governing body of world football had already agreed that the 2026 tournament, which will be jointly organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico, will bring together 48 teams – although this decision was made before the end of the process. application.

FIFA has would have stadiums identified in Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as possible World Cup venues should the 2022 tournament be expanded, although any final decision on additional hosts would require Qatar's consent .
In the current state of affairs, the diplomatic relations in progress dead end between the host of the 2022 World Cup and some of its Gulf and Middle East neighbors, Kuwait and Oman are likely to be the only realistic options as potential co-hosts.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt, broke off their diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Qatar in 2017 after accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar has firmly denied this allegation.

Qatar has already begun construction of seven new stadiums and the renovation of another site, as well as the construction of infrastructure such as new roads and new transport systems for the event.

A crowd of NGOs and human rights groups wrote to FIFA earlier this week, demanding that any country potentially considered co-organizers of the 2022 program respects FIFA's human rights standards.

New Club World Cup

Infantino also announced Friday that a new World Club Cup would begin in 2021 and that the video assistant referee system (VAR) would be used at the Women's World Cup in France later this year.

The new Club World Cup would replace the Confederations Cup, which takes place the year before each FIFA World Cup and would have 24 clubs.

But a spokesman for the European Club Association, which represents the main European clubs, told the Parlay Game news agency: "ECA clubs will not participate in the World Cup of Clubs in 2021 and will evaluate their participation in the World Cup of Clubs in 2024. "

The current Club World Cup takes place every December and brings together seven teams from six confederations.

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