Fiji FA welcome news of world cup team expansion

THE expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to 2022, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

BBC reported the change would require Qatar to share 2022 hosting duties with other countries in the region.

The decision has already been taken to expand the tournament in 2026, when it will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico, and Infantino is now considering doing the same for 2022.

“If it is possible, why not?” Infantino told the BBC.

“We have to see if it is possible, if it is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen.

“And, if not, we will have tried. We will have tried because we always have to try to do things in a better way.”

Speaking at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation’s new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Infantino also reiterated his plans to expand the Club World Cup.

He said he wanted to make it a “real competition” that “every club in the world can target”.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said it would be a welcoming news if that did eventuate.

“Well the 2026 World Cup is confirmed to have 48 teams but the 2022 World Cup is the one that FIFA is trying. If it does eventuate, we will have 1.5 qualification for Oceania giving us a better chance to compete against the elite nations,” Yusuf said.

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