FIFA to not change 32-team format for World Cup Qatar 2022

first_imgFIFA to not change 32-team format for World Cup Qatar 2022FIFA President has declined the possibility of 48 teams participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The organisers have agreed to stick to 32 teams after enough specualtion about the possibilities available for extra host nations.advertisement Reuters ManchesterMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 09:55 IST FIFA heads have confirmed that 32 teams will be participating in the World Cup (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTS32 teams will participate in the 2022 Qatar World CupFIFA President Gianni Infantino had earlier proposed expanding the event to 48 teamsThe expansion was put on hold due to lack of resources and timeThe 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held with 32 participating teams and not an expanded 48 teams, organisers FIFA said on Wednesday.FIFA President Gianni Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament and explored the idea of adding additional host nations.But the sport’s world ruling body said in statement: 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.FIFA and Qatar also looked at whether the Gulf state could host an expanded tournament alone by changing the normal requirements for facilities.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, FIFA said.It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.Infantino began to back away from the idea in March when after a FIFA Council meeting in Miami he said: If it happens fantastic. If it doesn’t happen fantastic also.Qatar World Cup organisers said they had always been open to an expanded tournament if a viable operating model had been found.A joint analysis concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on Qatar, 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, they said in a statement.advertisementWith just three and a half years to go until kick off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud.The 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is scheduled to feature 48 teams and given the large number of stadiums available is unlikely to face any logistical problems.The obstacles to a 48-team tournament in Qatar were numerous and some of the natural partners for joint-hosting in the Gulf were ruled out due to a deep political and economic rift in the region.The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt cut political, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June, 2017. Those countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.FIFA’s study said the blockade would need to be lifted before there was any chance of those countries hosting matches.Also Read | Germany confirm injured Toni Kroos to miss next two Euro 2020 qualifiersAlso Read | Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to spearhead Argentina’s Copa America campaignAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow FIFA World Cup 2022Follow QatarFollow Football Nextlast_img read more