International

Infantino kicks off talks on SWC expansion

2016-11-23 18:37
Gianni Infantino (Getty)

Paris - FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives on Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

A 48-team format would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off.

From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself.

There have also been proposals for a 40-team competition with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.

A final decision will be taken at a FIFA Council meeting on January 9 and 10.

"This was all about explaining things, clearing up any misunderstandings. I think we managed to do that," Infantino told reporters after meeting some 20 federation representatives.

"The consensus of the federations here is that everybody wants an extension (to the World Cup).

"Then there are those who are more favourable to 40 teams and others 48. The question was raised: what's the distribution, the guarantee of having teams from the continents taking part in the finals?"

Infantino will hold similar talks in Singapore, Miami, Doha, Addis Abeba and London between December 6 and March 9, 2017.

Read more on:    gianni infantino  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.