A statement on FIFA’s website read:
“FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.”
“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 also mentioned Qatar’s current stage of development as another reason for keeping the tournament with 32 teams:
“A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that 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 FIFA scandal of 2015 revealed that Qatar paid officials $1.5 million to vote for them to host the prestigious tournament in 2022.
The conditions workers are exposed to while preparing the tournament and geography have complicated the organization of the event. High temperatures forced the 2022 World Cup to be the first that will be held during November-December.
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