FIFA DROPS EXPANDED FORMAT FOR QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

FIFA DROPS EXPANDED FORMAT FOR QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

The world football governing body, FIFA has dropped the idea of expanding the next World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and getting a neighbouring country to co-host with Qatar.

FIFA will therefore stick to the current 32-team format while the expanded one will now be effective from the 2026 edition to be co-hosted by US, Canada and Mexico.

In dropping the idea of expanding the 2022 edition, FIFA on Wednesday citedpolitical and logistical complexities of using another Gulf nation.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s hopes of expanding the Middle East’s first World Cup in the region were stymied by the regional diplomatic crisis and the governing body’s demands on host nations to adhere to its human and labour rights requirements.

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