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FIFA urged to bring forward 48-team World Cup to 2022

 

FIFA President Gianni Infantino pictured at the annual conference of the South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The governing body of South American soccer has asked FIFA to expand the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. (AP Photo/Martin Ruggiero)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino pictured at the annual conference of the South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The governing body of South American soccer has asked FIFA to expand the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. (AP Photo/Martin Ruggiero)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

FIFA have been asked to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar a 48-team event.

World football's governing body have ratified plans to expand the competition from 32 to 48 teams from 2026.

But Alejandro Dominguez, the president of South America's federation CONMEBOL, has urged FIFA chief Gianni Infantino to bring in the changes four years earlier.

That would present logistical difficulties with the controversial renewal already moved to November-December due to extreme heat - a change that will result in the tournament being crammed into 28 days to appease clubs.

An expansion would make life easier for Ireland. In the 32-team format, 13 places are open to Europe. It's expected to rise to 16 slots in a 48-team event.

Irish Independent

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