Fifa president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup finals to 40 countries, on Monday proposed an even larger tournament involving 48 teams.
However, he suggested that 16 of those teams would go home after just one knockout match, and the remainder of the tournament would be played, as now, with a 32-team group stage, followed by a knockout phase.
Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota’s Sergio Arboleda
University, said a final decision would be taken by the Fifa Council in January, Colombian media reported. A Fifa spokesperson confirmed that the reports were accurate.
Infantino was quoted as saying: “Fifa’s idea is to develop football in the whole world, and the World Cup is the biggest event there is.
“It’s more than a competition, it’s a social event.”