World Cup expansion workable for Qatar 2022, claims Infantino
Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that football’s administering body is investigating the likelihood of expanding the quantity of groups at the 2022 World Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesdaythat football’s governing body is looking into the possibility of increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup and sharing the facilitating privileges of an extended competition with different countries in the locale.
FIFA chose not long ago to extend the 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, to 48 groups from 32 while leaving the door open to raising the number playing in Qatar in four years’ time.
« We have decided to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48 and this will happen in 2026, » Infantino said in a deliver to the Asian Football Confederation’s yearly congress.
« Will it occur in 2022? We are looking at it. In the event that it is conceivable, why not? »
Infantino said an extended competition would see Asia’s designation ascend to 8.5 spots from 4.5.
Minor Gulf state Qatar, or, in other words a little more than 2.5 million individuals, was granted the facilitating rights in late 2010 and has been getting ready for a 32-group competition since.
Infantino acknowledged that to increase the number of teams in 2022 would require the participation of different nations in the district.
Qatar, be that as it may, has been in question with a few of its neighbors since June a year ago, with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt cutting strategic, transport and exchange ties, accusing Doha of financing terrorism. Qatar rejects the charges.
Infantino likewise emphasized his craving to extend the Club World Cup, the following version of which will be played in the UAE in December, saying FIFA needed to make it « a genuine rivalry. »
« One that each club on the planet can target since we have worldwide intrigue and everybody will profit, not just from a budgetary perspective, » he included.