Slim chance of 48-team World Cup in 2022, admits Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaking at a press conference Source: Getty Images

The chances of expanding the 2022 FIFA World Cup from 32 to 48 teams are slim, FIFA president Gianni Infantino admits.

Infantino confirmed to DPA on Thursday (AEDT) that the FIFA Council will decide on the issue at its March 14-15 meeting in Miami, and he also expects a decision there on the introduction of an expanded Club World Cup and global Nations League.

FIFA have already approved the expansion to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and they are now looking into a South American proposal to have 48 teams in 2022 in Qatar as well.

But Infantino is sceptical that this will become reality, saying: "The chance is slim. We are trying it.

"It would be great if it works out but it is also great if it doesn't work out. We will have a great tournament, no matter what."

By the time of the Miami meeting a FIFA task force, headed by Infantino, will have completed its look into the controversial Club World Cup and Nations League issue which is backed by $US25 billion (A$34 billion) from unnamed investors, the FIFA boss said.

The task force was set up recently to ease pressure from critics within the FIFA Council, mainly from Europe, who want more information on the investors and possible tournament formats.

Source: AAP