FIFA working to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA mulls proposal for 24-team Club World Cup; Concacaf would get 3 slots

FIFA mulls proposal for 24-team Club World Cup; Concacaf would get 3 slots

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

"I am feeling very positive from the discussions and I am sure that at the end we will be very happy", he said.

The women's under-17 World Cup has 16 nations and Das had said that they can host matches at "just four cities". "If it doesn't happen - fantastic also".

The FIFA study seen by the AP says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha.

"From now on the world will see a real Club World Cup where the best clubs in the world will compete to crown the world champion", said Infantino.

"We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation". Like Europe and South America, Concacaf have had one representative annually, with the Club World Cup customarily hosted in Asia.

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

The Club World Cup is now an annual seven-team tournament which attracts minimal interest in Europe - the centre of the football business.

In a letter that was leaked on Friday, the ECA's executive board, including board members at Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, said they would not take part in any new competition until 2024 at the earliest.

The announcement comes in the face of considerable opposition from European clubs.

"[We are] firmly against any potential approval of a revised CWC - no ECA clubs would take part", it said.

The European Club Association (ECA), which represents 232 of the continent's leading sides, Europe's governing body Uefa and the world players' union, FIFPro, are all unhappy with what they claim is a lack of consultation in regards to the congested global calendar and Infantino's financial plans for the new tournament.

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away".

The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the worldwide match calendar post-2024.

Video review has been approved for the Women's World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7.

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