World football’s governing body, FIFA has abandoned their plans of increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 2022 mundial will have 32 teams as initially planned instead of the 48 proposed.


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FIFA stated they have limited time to consider the proposed expansion as a result of logistical challenges.

FIFA confirmed in a press statement the need to have enough time to deliberate on the proposed expansion.

“In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,”


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“Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.

“Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.’’ the statement said.

“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June.”



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The 2022 World cup will commence on Nov 21, 2022 and end on Dec 18, 2022.


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