Qatar 2022 World Cup: 48 or 32 teams?
FIFA chiefs will decide today whether to back an expansion of the Qatar 2022 World Cup to 48 teams but a final decision will only be taken at a meeting in Paris in June, sources said on Thursday.
The FIFA Council meeting in Miami on Friday will give its verdict on an internal feasibility study on increasing the number of teams at the 2022 tournament in Qatar from 32 to 48.
However, a final vote on increasing the number of teams at the football showpiece would only be taken at a full Congress meeting of football’s global governing body in June.
And any declaration of support by FIFA’s Council today would acknowledge that expansion in 2022 can only take place if one or more countries on Qatar’s borders are able to host games, according to a document seen by AFP.