FIFA Ditches Plans to Expand 2022 World Cup
The soccer federation announced Wednesday that the World Cup in Qatar won’t grow from 32 to 48 teams due to “political and logistical issues.” FIFA president Gianni Infantino had been pushing for the expansion, but the obstacles proved too great: Qatar remains blockaded by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, neighboring countries that had been under consideration to host the extra matches.
Will the World Cup field ever increase? FIFA voted in January to include 48 teams in the 2026 tournament, which will be co-hosted by Mexico, Canada and the United States.
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