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2022 world Cup in Qatar : FIFA aims to increase the number of participants

48 participants, several host States in the Gulf - the possible expansion of the controversial football world Cup 2022 in Qatar to XXL tournament is more likely

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2022 world Cup in Qatar : FIFA aims to increase the number of participants

48 participants, several host States in the Gulf - the possible expansion of the controversial football world Cup 2022 in Qatar to XXL tournament is more likely. The Wish of FIFA-boss Gianni Infantino is according to a feasibility study conducted by the world Association logistically possible and economically attractive.

So could bring the Council, with DFB President Reinhard Grindel on Friday in Miami for an increase in prejudicial on the way. The 81-page paper, which is the AP news Agency, shows how the mammoth world Cup would look - but also a number of conditions. An Overview:

MODE: is Decided yet that the world Cup 2026 to take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with 48 instead of 32 participants. In accordance with the planned Format would now be aligned with the world tournament in the desert state, which is already laying in the run-up to Christmas international criticism: The teams will be divided into 16 groups of three, then four knockout rounds run to the final.

in order for the scheduled tournament duration from the 21. November to 18. December 2022, not extended, this would not be part of the club - would have to take place in the group stage up to six games per day. A sporty devaluation, as national coach Joachim Löw once complained, was not to be feared, the FIFA paper.

STAGES: The world Cup in Qatar will actually take place in eight different arenas - to a few, to start a tournament in four weeks in a confined space with 48 participants. Thus, at least one or more other countries than the host and two to four additional stages must be found, says the FIFA report.

neighboring States such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar diplomatic boycott, so that Kuwait and Oman are currently the most likely candidate. Qatar had been declared to be in principle open for extension, and referred to the feasibility study, wait and see. A Veto of a politically neutral Co-host, is hardly conceivable.

FINANCE: An increase in would FIFA allow according to the study, an additional increase of $ 400 million. This revenue is not yet marketed in 16 Games through TV Transmissions are expected from sponsors, ticket sales and licensing to win.

MORE: Similar to an expanded Club world Cup, the issue of the Qatar world Cup is on Friday on the Agenda at the Council. The FIFA government should decide according to the study, that "it is feasible that the world Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be extended under the condition that neighboring States to align some of the games, to 48 Teams," would be a key hurdle. The world Federation and Qatar would then prepare a final proposal, a formal decision is then for the FIFA Congress on may 5. June in Paris.

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CRITICISM: is to be seen whether the defeated competitors would proceed against an elemental Change in the Tournament schedule. Qatar had set itself at the scandal of double-awarding of the 2018 world Cup (Russia) and 2022 lashed against the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia. The risk of legal action due to the change in number of participants, estimates the study, according to the AP as "low". New Co-host would have to, for example, to meet requirements on human rights. (dpa)

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