FIFA, Qatar discuss increase of teams to 48 at World Cup – Infantino
ANKARA, Feb 16, (KUNA): FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Friday the World football governing body’s Executive Football Summit discussed with Qatari officials the increase of teams in the 2022 World Cup in Doha from 32 to 48.
Infantino, at a news conference following the summit, held in istanbul, said he was optimistic but warned it would not be easy to hold a World Cup with 48 teams.
“I am optimistic but is it easy No it is not easy, I have to be honest,” he added.
He meanwhile said the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was applied in around 50 countries, including Turkey.
The VAR was implemented in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he said, and was used once every three matches.
Infantino said Turkey could host major football tournaments, including the World Cup.
FIFA Executive Football Summit, which brought 47 presidents of national federations, discussed the 2022 World Cup and VAR.
Infantino will be re-elected as FIFA boss for a second term in June.
Al-Qadsiya beat Al-Tadamon 2-1 in the 13th round of Kuwait Premier League.
In the Friday match, Fahad Al-Mejmed scored in the 50th minute, Yousef Nasser in the 86th. Al-Tadamon’s sole goal was scored by Meshaal Al-Shemmari in the 75th minute.
Now, Al-Qadsiya has 26 points and Al-Tadamon 10.
In another game of the same championship, Kathma and Al-Fahaheel equalized 2-2, thus Kathma has totally garnered 21 points while the other team has 10.