Tournament Format Change

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Proposals to expand the Qatar 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams could require a new vote if additional host countries are needed to stage games. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says any plan by the sport's global governing body FIFA to add 16 extra teams to the competition could create "many problems".FIFA president Gianni Infantino has floated the prospect of an expanded tournament in recent weeks.

The decision has already been taken to expand the tournament in 2026, when it will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico, and Infantino is now considering doing the same for 2022.

But Ceferin says he is "unsure" if Qatar could manage a World Cup of that size and that there are potential legal issues around any decision."The bidding process was made for one country," he said. "Do you have to go to the bidding process again? Do we have to vote if some other countries want to host?" Because only the FIFA congress can decide where the competition can be if it is also out of Qatar."
 

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