FIFA recommends increasing 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA has recommended expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams, world football’s governing body confirmed on Friday.

A final decision on a possible expansion will be taken in a vote of members at FIFA’s Congress in Paris in June.

The support for expanding the tournament came after members of FIFA’s ruling council met in Miami.

A feasibility study commissioned by FIFA found that an expanded tournament in Qatar would deliver up to a $400 million windfall but emphasised any enlargement could only take place if some games were staged outside Qatar.


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