Federation Internationale de Football Association to explore expanding 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

The ECA represents 232 clubs in Europe.

The new tournament would be projected to include three teams from Concacaf, although available information does not indicate how teams would qualify.

The Indian women's national team is now taking part in the SAFF Women's Championship where it kicked off its campaign with a resounding 6-0 win over Maldives at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium on Wednesday.

The signatories said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition".

Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu backs a revamp of the competition, just not until the entire calendar for club and national team matches is reconfigured for 2024 and beyond to cope.

Infantino admitted there have been "differences of opinion" since he first floated the idea previous year and referred to "constructive dialogue" with Europe that he hoped to build on.

'We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with UEFA'.

An announcement on FIFA's website said, "The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the global match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup".

In its letter, the ECA strongly criticised Infantino for failing to reveal more details about who is providing the financial backing for the new competition and ignoring its concerns about the impact on players.

India will host the U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020, International Football Federation (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino announced. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree". "Five games in four years". "I don't even want to say that football might help to build some bridges or to bring people together or these kind of things".

The tournament would be held instead of the Confederations Cup in June 2021.

The FIFA Council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams and a final decision will be made in June.

"We have been giving a lot of emphasis on the development of women's football in the country. After these consultations, the final decision will be made by Qatar and Federation Internationale de Football Association".

The study identified venues in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that could be used but said Qatar would have to approve which nations it would partner with.

"I think if football can contribute to open up some doors and to make people meet and discuss with each other", Infantino said, "we will not solve all the problems of the world but maybe we'll get a little step closer in at least starting to understand each other a bit".

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