Reports: FIFA have abandoned their plans to have 48 teams at 2022 World Cup in Qatar


FIFA have reportedly abandoned their plans to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar a 48-team event.

It was feared by football fans across the globe that the controversial change to the format would come into play as early as three years time.

But according to The Times , FIFA president Gianni Infantino – who has been pushing massively to make the change – has accepted that it would be too much of a challenge to do so in Qatar.

Infantino will formally announce the decision at FIFA’s congress meeting on June 5 in Paris and the Qatar World Cup will remain as a 32-team event.

However, the only downside is that the tournament is expected to rise to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.

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