On March 15, FIFA proposed to expand the number of teams participating in the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the final decision on the plan to expand the number of teams participating in the 2022 World Cup will be made and voted on by the organization’s congress in Paris in the near future.
This is a plan to increase the opportunity for small teams in the world’s most populous continent to participate in the biggest football festival on the planet, because Asia will have a maximum of 10 slots for the 2022 World Cup (with more 2 play-off slots) compared to normal. However, according to the latest announcement from FIFA, this idea has been rejected:
“Following a feasibility study discussion approved by the FIFA council in the previous meeting, FIFA and Qatar have explored all possibilities of increasing the number of participating teams from 32 to 48 at the 2022 World Cup by organizing organize matches in several neighboring countries.
After comprehensive stakeholder consultation, it was concluded that this proposal could not be immediately implemented. World Cup 2022 will still take place according to the original plan (32 teams) and no further proposals will be made at the next FIFA General Assembly meeting on June 5.”
Earlier, also in the press conference taking place in Miami as mentioned above in mid-March, FIFA plans to open a World Cup tournament for 24 clubs in 2021. This is considered FIFA’s plan first. There are reports that some of Europe’s top clubs want to separate and form their own league.
If FIFA’s plan is implemented, the World Cup for Clubs will replace the Intercontinental Cup and take place from June to July 2021. He also announced the decision of the Federation Council on the use of publicity. VAR technology at the Women’s World Cup in France next June.
Vu Quang Toan | 08:15 23/05/2019