No World Cup decision yet on Kuwait, Oman


A decision on whether the number of teams competing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup is expanded to 48 is still pending, says tournament boss Nasser Al Khater.

Having Kuwait and Oman join Qatar in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup is still under consideration.

"Qatar is preparing to host a 32-team tournament and no decision has yet been taken on whether the number of teams will increase to 48 or if there will be co-hosts," tournament chief executive Nasser Al Khater said on Saturday.

"Any decision taken will be based on the outcome of the feasibility study and with the joint consent of FIFA and Qatar."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is hoping to expand the number of teams taking part in the 2022 tournament, which could mean some games would be played outside Qatar.

"We want to stress Qatar's commitment to hosting a World Cup that represents the people of this region, whether it is hosted in Qatar or shared with our neighbours in the region," Al Khater said.

He said the matter, first discussed in Moscow on the sidelines of the 2018 World Cup, is on the agenda for FIFA Council's next meeting in the United States on March 14 and 15.

The 2026 World Cup - in the United States, Mexico and Canada - is already being planned as a 48-team competition.

Source AAP