Wereldvoetbalbond FIFA considering the world cup of 2022 in Qatar, all to expand with more countries. With how many is not yet clear, but chairman Gianni Infantino examine seriously the possibilities, ” he said at the annual congress of the Asian football federation in Kuala Lumpur.
FIFA has previously decided, the number of participating countries to expand from 32 to 48 countries. “That’s what happens at the world cup of 2026. But it may be that we are on the world cup in Qatar for more than 32 countries. We look at the possibilities with our friends from Qatar and other countries in the region. We hope that it will succeed and if not, then have we tried,” said the Swiss president.
The world cup of 2026 will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Infantino made it clear that Qatar will need to work with neighbouring countries in order to enable expansion. The relationship between the golfstaatje (2.5 million inhabitants) and neighbouring countries as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, however, since a few months, considerably declined.