It was a no-go for the proposed 48 teams FIFA World Cup 2022 where the decision was made to stick to the 32-team championship.

FIFA said that they abandoned the expansion plans ‘following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process’ that led to the conclusion that ‘under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.’

“(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,” FIFA said in a statement.

An announcement of the final decision had not been expected until next month’s FIFA Congress to be held in Paris ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup that takes place in France between June 7 and July 7.

- Advertisement -