Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, has announced proposals to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.
The current format of 32 teams was introduced for the tournament in France in 1998, increasing from 24.
But Infantino wants an extra round of games before the group stage, in which 32 teams will still compete. As part of his election manifesto, the Swiss-born administrator, who succeeded Sepp Blatter in February, originally wanted to introduce a World Cup of 40 teams.
World Cup expansion was a big part of Gianni Infantino’s campaign platform when he was running for FIFA president, and he hasn’t backed down from that since his election earlier this year. In fact, he’s now proposing that world socc...
Fifa president Gianni Infantino wants to take the number of teams taking part in the World Cup from the current to 32 teams to 48 teams. “We can consider a World Cup of 48 teams which would in fact be a 32-team format because we hav...
Fifa president Gianni Infantino outlines his plan to expand the World Cup to as many as 48 teams after a council meeting in Zurich, but not everybody is convinced by the idea.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino proposes expanding the World Cup finals to a 48-team tournament.