With increasing agitation for the World Cup 2022 to be expanded to 48 teams, the FIFA Congress seating in Paris on June 5 will have the final vote.
The FIFA Council which ended its two-day meeting in Miami, Florida in the US has agreed the idea was “feasible.” The Council had been considering the expansion of its flagship tournament and has already been confirmed the 2026 edition will feature 48 teams.
Now, after analysing a feasibility study the Council has agreed expanding the 2022 edition could work, so long countries other than Qatar, the current sole hosts, agree to help.
“After being presented with a thorough feasibility study on the increase of the number of teams from 32 to 48 at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the FIFA Council acknowledged the study’s conclusion that expanding the tournament to 48 teams was feasible, provided that neighbouring countries hosted some matches,” FIFA said in a statement.
“The process is now entering its next stage, in which, together, FIFA and Qatar will explore this possibility further and analyse if a joint expansion proposal that meets all the necessary requirements can be submitted to the FIFA Council and the FIFA Congress in June.”