World cup with 48 countries in 2022 is ‘feasible’, according to organiser Qatar

Host country of world cup 2022 Qatar says open to a world CHAMPIONSHIP with 48 countries, if the FIFA want. That explained a high-ranking officer on Saturday in Moscow. Qatar, that eight years ago as the organizer of the world cup of 2022 was elected, is already busy with the preparations.

The Khalifa stadium in Doha, Qatar. © Reuters

“It is feasible. We just need to figure out how. According to what size would they play? Even we know the format, ” said Nasser Al Khater, assistant secretary-general of the government agency that is responsible for the organisation of the world cup. ‘It all depends on the size. If the format is correct, then it can really be an exciting edition.”

The Wereldvoetbalbond (FIFA) drew the number of participating countries of the fifa world cup 2026 al on 32 to 48. On the question of South America are watching the FIFA now is: is it possible to have the world cup in Qatar with 48 countries to play. ‘Everything is planned according to a world cup with 32 countries. All the work hitherto carried out, with the eye on a world cup with 32 countries performed, ” said Al Khater. “But if we find that the new formula of the world cup and the football itself is good and brings value, then we will fully go for it. If we feel that it is detrimental to us or the football, then we don’t do that.’

With eight host cities would be the world cup, should the effective, such as in 2026, with sixteen groups of three each countries are organized, take longer than normal, unless there is a co-organizer would be found. Another possible format would be the 48 countries to be divided into sixteen already subscribed countries, and a play-off phase in which the other 32 countries compete against each other for another sixteen places. The last phase, with 32 countries divided into eight groups, which then would be identical to the current world cup.

According to Al Khader would this format to more surprises. Also would the WORLDS take longer, which is problematic for Qatar. By the scorching heat, the tournament was earlier shifted to the period november-december. The European national leagues were opposed to an extension of the world cup with a few weeks.

Al Khader wants the format at the latest the beginning of 2019 will be chosen. Then begin the qualifiers for the world cup. The Qatarezen also had praise for the Russian organization of the world cup. “It is a great tournament with a superb organization,” said secretary general of the Qatari organising committee.

The Qatarezen been since the awarding of the world cup several times with the finger, as pointed out by human rights defenders. They are accused of migrants as modern slaves to build the stadiums. There is also a cloud of corruption over the allocation of the FIFA.

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