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Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup to stick to 32 teams

Date : 23 May 2019

Zurich, Switzerland, May 23, 2019: FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 nations and will stick to 32 countries because of the political and logistical complexities of using other Gulf nations as hosts.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s hopes of expanding the Middle East’s first World Cup were stymied by the regional diplomatic crisis and the governing body’s demands on host nations to adhere to its human and labour rights requiements, reported Al Jazeera.

Football’s world governing body said in a statement on Wednesday: “Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.”

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

The 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is scheduled to feature 48 teams.

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