Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations

May. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EDT
ZURICH (AP) — AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations.

Qatari referee will work CONCACAF Gold Cup

May. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be from Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football said Friday this is part of an agreement in which CONCACAF officials worked at this year's Asian Cup in...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Apr. 27, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the tournament...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino held talks in Kuwait on Sunday about the country staging 2022 World Cup matches as he pushes to enlarge the Qatar tournament from 32 to 48 teams. After meeting with the emir of Kuwait and soccer officials, Infantino flew to Doha to see Qatari leaders on Monday about the prospect of...

Qatar wins, regional rivals lose in Asian soccer elections

Apr. 6, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — On a big day for Qatar at the Asian soccer elections, the 2022 World Cup host regained a seat on FIFA's ruling committee and saw defeats for candidates from its regional rivals which are boycotting Doha and want the tournament shared with other Middle East countries. There...