Reports: 48-team 2022 World Cup decision in June
If FIFA can find appropriate countries to help Qatar host the 2022 World Cup, we may very well have a 48-team tournament.
The 2022 edition has been under the microscope about as long as Qatar has held the rights to host it, with workers’ rights and slave labor joining a suspicious bidding process which ultimately helped usher former FIFA czar Sepp Blatter out of his seat of power.
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Ten venues across five countries have been mentioned as possible co-hosts, with Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait in the running to host select World Cup matches.
FIFA conditionally approved the expansion of the tournament on Friday, pending a “joint feasibility study” conducted by Qatar and FIFA.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino infamously quipped that sharing the tournament could bring a measure of peace to the Middle East.
FIFA also agreed to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams provided they can find countries to host additional games. So a type of second joint feasibility study to take place between Qatar and FIFA. Final decision in June— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) March 15, 2019