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FIFA dump idea for 48 teams, return to 32 for Qatar 2022 World Cup

Gianni Infantino has been dealt a huge blow after FIFA shelved a proposed plan to expand to 48 teams for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The tournament in Qatar will now welcome 32 teams contrary to the proposed plan which was a pet project of FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

In a statement issued on its website, FIFA said:

In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.

Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June.

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