FIFA: 2022 World Cup to Include 32 Teams

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FIFA: 2022 World Cup to Include 32 Teams

FIFA announced on Wednesday that the 2022 World Cup, set to be hosted by Qatar, will be played with 32 teams after the plan to expand the tournament to 48 was cancelled.

"Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now", FIFA said in a statement.

"(The tournament) will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June," it noted.

"Due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June",” the statement explained.