Lagos – The final decision on increasing the 2022 World Cup team format from 32 to 48 will be taken in June when the FIFA council meets in France.
FIFA Council, which met in Miami, USA on Friday, failed to take a final decision on the issue because of the “need to meet certain conditions”.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, who addressed the media after the meeting on Friday, said “it is feasible to increase the team format to 48 but there are some conditions that have to be met.”
“Qatar still retains 32 teams for now. Ninety percent of council members are in favour of increase. But there are certain conditions that must be met, we are working closely with Qatar.
“I am pleased with Qatar because when the idea was first presented to them they were very pleased.
“If we are to increase to 48, a decision will be taken in June. To increase means we have to take some games to other places. Which countries these games. We will make proposal to Council in June for decision,” Infantino said.
The FIFA boss also announced that Club World Cup would debut in 2021, despite opposition from European clubs.
Infantino noted that the idea of the Club World Cup was to encourage professional football all over the world. He noted that it was important because “club football is evolving, moving at different pace in different parts of the world.
“It is our responsibility to encourage professional football in the world. Decision taken after a lot of consultation.
There are positive decision, constructive, positive dialogue,” he said.
He also announced that VAR will be used at the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicking off in France in June.