Tuesday, 20 Augst 2019 | 03:22 WIB

FIFA Drops Plans to Expand World Cup 2022 Tournament

FIFA Drops Plans to Expand World Cup 2022 Tournament (fifa)

NYON, NETRALNEWS.COM - The discourse of adding participants to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will certainly not materialize. The International Football Federation (FIFA) has confirmed this.

The idea came from the mouth of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. In addition to increasing the number of participants in the world's largest soccer party, he also had the idea to add to the number of host countries.

"After conducting a thorough consultation process involving all stakeholders, it was concluded that seeing the current conditions, the addition of participants could not be implemented," FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA and the host of Qatar have also studied the ability of the Gulf state to increase the number of participating countries because of the impact on existing facilities.

"The joint analysis concludes that due to further preparations and the logistical effects caused and must be borne by the host, more time is needed for preparation," said a FIFA statement.

After getting the results of the analysis, Infantino finally changed his mind and in March after the FIFA board meeting in Miami he said: "If that happens, it's fantastic. But if it doesn't happen, it's also fantastic."

The Qatar World Cup committee said that they were always open to plans to increase the number of participants if a decent implementation model was found.

"With three and a half years left before kick off, Qatar has a strong commitment to ensure that the organization of the 2022 World Cup with 32 participants will be the best tournament ever and make the Arab world proud."

The 2026 World Cup will be held in three countries, namely the US, Canada and Mexico and will be joined by 48 countries, so that it will be able to overcome logistical problems and stadium availability.

The political situation that hit the Middle East was also one of the considerations to delay the increase in the number of participants.

United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have cut ties to politics, trade and transportation with Qatar since June 2017. The countries have accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups' activities, allegations always denied by Qatar.