48-team Qatar World Cup would be too long – Xavi

Former Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Fifa should abandon a proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 from 32. The World Cup will feature 48 teams for the 2026 edition, to…

2022 World Cup: Fifa warned of human rights issues if tournament is expanded

Fifa has been urged to consider countries’ human rights records as it prepares to discuss expanding the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. The event will be staged in Qatar, but matches could be played in other Gulf…

Fifa, Qatar set up joint venture to deliver 2022 World Cup

Global soccer body Fifa has set up a joint venture with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar as part of its effort to streamline organisation of the tournament, it said on Tuesday. The global soccer body said in a statement that…

Most football associations support 48-team World Cup in Qatar

Most soccer associations in the world back increasing the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams from 32, with some matches to be played in neighbouring countries, Fifa President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. Infantino told…

Qatar World Cup will be carbon-free – Minister

Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country’s environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday. Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon…

Russia sets bar high for Qatar 2022 World Cup – Samoura

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura has said that Russia’s staging of the soccer World Cup had set the bar high for Qatar, the tournament’s next hosts in 2022. “I feel for Qatar, because (Russia) has set the bar very, very…

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