ROME – World from 32 to 48 teams already from the 2022 edition in Qatar. This is the breakthrough announced by Gianni Infantino at the annual congress of the Asian Football Confederation, the Asian Football Federation, in Kuala Lumpur.
"The enlargement will be in force in 2026 (edition that will be organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico, ed). If it could already happen in 2022? It's possible. Why not? ", Explained the number one of FIFA. "It is feasible. We are discussing with our friends in Qatar. We hope you can make it possible ", added Infantino. "Everything will be decided before the qualifications, at the beginning of next year".
In the past, Infantino had explained the possible formula:
"The World Cup will be 48 teams , with 16 groups of three: the first two of each group will pass. Then there will be the sixteenths . It will last 32 days , like now and will take place in 12 stages. Who will win at the end will have played 7 games , just like with the current format ".
And again: "The World Championship will be held in 32 days , as in the current format. We have been careful not to add dates or games, not to weigh on clubs and players. Who will win the World Cup, in the end will have played 7 games, just like today. There will be 48 teams, divided into 16 groups of three . The first two will pass, which will go to the sixteenths: there they will meet the first with the second ".
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Source: Blitz Quotidiano