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Italy: 48-team World Cup 2022 still a possibility, says FIFA president02:48

Italy: 48-team World Cup 2022 still a possibility, says FIFA president

Italy, Rome
February 27, 2019 at 20:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said there was still a possibility of holding a 48-team World Cup in 2022 during a press conference in Rome on Wednesday.

According to Infantino, FIFA is still studying the possibility of expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams. However, he recognised that "it will be objectively very difficult to organise a 48-team World Cup only in Qatar, due to the geography of Qatar."

"It is a small country that will organise a spectacular World Cup at 32 [teams]. At 48 we can ask ourselves if it is possible to play some games outside Qatar in cneighbouring countries."

Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country.

Infantino was speaking at the end of the Executive Football Summit in Rome, where he met with the heads of 60 federations from around the world to discuss new developments in football and the current state of the game.

"These summits are part of a new philosophy of FIFA, which wants to be open and wants to consult and communicate with its members and wants to discuss with its federations in an open, transparent and democratic way," explained Infantino.

The FIFA president also commented on the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee calling it a success. He stressed it had been a brave decision to implement it during last year's World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup was praised as a whole, with Infantino thanking "Russia, the Russian people, President Putin because they have helped to make it the most beautiful World Cup ever."

Italy: 48-team World Cup 2022 still a possibility, says FIFA president02:48
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said there was still a possibility of holding a 48-team World Cup in 2022 during a press conference in Rome on Wednesday.

According to Infantino, FIFA is still studying the possibility of expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams. However, he recognised that "it will be objectively very difficult to organise a 48-team World Cup only in Qatar, due to the geography of Qatar."

"It is a small country that will organise a spectacular World Cup at 32 [teams]. At 48 we can ask ourselves if it is possible to play some games outside Qatar in cneighbouring countries."

Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country.

Infantino was speaking at the end of the Executive Football Summit in Rome, where he met with the heads of 60 federations from around the world to discuss new developments in football and the current state of the game.

"These summits are part of a new philosophy of FIFA, which wants to be open and wants to consult and communicate with its members and wants to discuss with its federations in an open, transparent and democratic way," explained Infantino.

The FIFA president also commented on the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee calling it a success. He stressed it had been a brave decision to implement it during last year's World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup was praised as a whole, with Infantino thanking "Russia, the Russian people, President Putin because they have helped to make it the most beautiful World Cup ever."