Fifa study will dictate Qatar’s desire for 48-team World Cup

Qatar’s willingness to host a 48-team World Cup in 2022 will be largely determined by a Fifa feasibility study that has been commissioned.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last week that a majority of national federations were in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams. A decision is expected by March.

“We need to remember that Qatar won the right to host the World Cup with a 32-team World Cup, so at the end of the day Fifa will take the decision with Qatar and only if Qatar agrees,” said Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

The Fifa study is expected to include aspects of scheduling, the number of required venues, training sites and how many games per day would be played under an expanded format. A change to 48 teams would likely require playing some matches outside of Qatar.