FIFA president Gianni Infantino says expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams was “feasible” as hosts Qatar pledged to come to a decision in the early part of next year.
Infantino advocated bringing forward the expansion from 32 teams to 48, which is currently due at the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur that they have decided to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48.
The FIFA president said an expanded tournament would see Asia’s allocation rise from 4.5 places to 8.5, raising cheers from the delegates assembled at a luxury hotel in the Malaysian capital.
Analysts however said accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.