Kuala Lumpur – FIFA President Gianni Infantino has opened the door for an increase in the football world Cup 2022 in Qatar from 32 to 48 participants. “It will definitely be in 2026. But 2022? You know me. It is possible. Why not?” the head of the world Association, said at the Congress of Asian continental Federation of AFC in Kuala Lumpur. Europe’s football leagues have spoken out in April of this year against the idea of an increase in the world Cup-number of participants to 48 Teams already in the year 2022.
For the finals in 2026, which will be held in Mexico, Canada and the United States, had decided to the FIFA Council the increase in January 2017. The controversial world Cup host Qatar had put up a fight first of all against a tournament with 48 of the team, organizing chief Hassan al-Thawadi confirmed, but not the least, but now that an increase will advise you. A decision could come at the beginning of 2019.
Infantino would help a 2022 world Cup with 48 participants for the presidential election in the summer of 2019. The AFC delegates, he said: “you have a greater Chance of (for the qualification, ed.). It is possible. It is feasible. We talk about it with our friends from Qatar and many other friends in the Region. We hope that it happens. We must always try.”