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FIFA to stick with 32 teams for Qatar World Cup

FIFA to stick with 32 teams for Qatar World Cup
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 - Zurich, Switzerland - September 4, 2018 General view of the FIFA logo before the start of the draw REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Copyright ARND WIEGMANN(Reuters)
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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held with 32 participating teams and not an expanded 48 teams, organisers FIFA said on Wednesday.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament but the sport's world ruling body said in statement: "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."

The 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is scheduled to feature 48 teams.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)

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