Fifa considering Kuwait and Oman as 2022 co-hosts of expanded competition

Fifa appears poised to press forward with the idea of a 2022 World Cup with 48 teams.

The New York Times reports that football’s international governing body would continue to view Qatar who bid and won the rights to host a 32-team World Cup as primary hosts. However, additional matches could be held in Kuwait and Oman. Fifa’s goal would be to create a broader Middle East or Gulf region World Cup but would not have matches in nations such as Bahrain or UAE who are currently engaged in an economic blockade against Qatar.

The Times also reports that Gianni Infantino, Fifa’s president, favours the expansion plan for 2022. Qatar is required to agree to the plan for it to move forward.

A final decision on the expansion for the event for 2022 was initially to be discussed later this month at the Fifa council in Miami. It has however been postponed until Fifa’s annual congress in Zurich, which will be held in June.

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