FIFA working to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA working to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA working to expand World Cup to 48 teams

In 2017, the body decided that the 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams when it is co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico.

The Fifa Council has approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches.

'We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with UEFA'.

Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, defied prior warnings that he faced a near-impossible diplomatic job to find a neighbouring nation to share hosting duties in the Middle East as he said an initial feasibility study showed it was possible for 48 teams to compete in 2022.

In a letter that was leaked on Friday, the ECA's executive board, including board members at Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, said they would not take part in any new competition until 2024 at the earliest.

They said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition". The ECA had no immediate comment after the decision. UEFA, European football's governing body, is unlikely to fight Infantino's plans at Friday's council, with the proposal expected to be passed on to a further meeting ahead of June's congress. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree".

The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the worldwide match calendar post-2024. The Club World Cup would be held from June 17 to July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played from July 5-31.

The announcement comes in the face of considerable opposition from European clubs.

"We know the current form doesn't work", FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani told the AP. The top three teams from the AFC Under-16 Championship qualify for the Under-17 Women's World Cup. Recent reports have indicated the Confederations Cup, a competition between confederation champions on the national team front that previously served as a trial run for the following year's World Cup host, will not take place any longer.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had expressed its interest to host the tournament in 2018, a year after the country successfully hosted the Under-17 Men's World Cup, which England won, beating Spain in the final.

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