Federation Internationale de Football Association pursues 48-team 2022 World Cup in Qatar with extra host

Fifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to reform the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starting in June 2021

Federation Internationale de Football Association pursues 48-team 2022 World Cup in Qatar with extra host

The task force held four meetings between November 2018 and February 2019 and, prior to the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, provided the members of FIFA's decision-making body with a detailed report on the technical and sporting elements linked to the organisation of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup.

"We hope all the greatest teams will participate", Infantino said. Infantino's push to expand the 2022 edition is being forced on hosts Qatar and will require significant changes to its plan. If it happens, fantastic.

The study identified venues in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that could be used but said Qatar would have to approve which nations it would partner with.

"We came to conclusion, yes it's feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met".

Infantino said five members of the Council did not attend the meeting, the first for FIFA's leadership in the USA since American law enforcement arrested numerous sport's top officials in 2015 on corruption charges.

"We know the situation in the Gulf region", added Infantino.

It will replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is now played in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July 2021.

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And now a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Club Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, has emerged, delivering another blow to his proposals to transform the game.

'Club football is evolving at a different pace in different parts of the world and we want to have an exciting, prestigious and inclusive competition, and we'll have that with this Club World Cup, starting in 2021.

The competition, however, immediately faced a boycott from Europe's leading clubs, which include the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. European club seasons typically start around mid-August.

The ECA executive board letter said it was "against any potential approval of a revised CWC at this point in time and confirm that no ECA Clubs would take part to such competition".

"I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions".

The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the worldwide match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Infantino also provided an update on organization of the upcoming Women's World Cup, saying that the preparations were going well.

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