Football World Cup Set For Expansion
Uefa will also request that the European teams that qualify are kept apart in the first round. The different look tournament will start with an initial stage of 16 three-team groups, with 32 qualifiers going into the knockout stage from the starting round.
Thirteen European teams qualified for the last world cup in Brazil in 2014, which was won by the amazing Germany.
Uefa president Alexander Ceferin said the requests are “realistic”, and it is his desire for every European team to qualify from the starting round. Ceferin was talking at a meeting of the Uefa executive committee in Nyon. All attendants in the committee agreed with the proposals.
Fifa is expected to agree the quotas for each continental governing body in May. (Its members voted unanimously in favour of the world cup extension at the start of the year in January.)
The number of tournament games will step up to 80, from 64, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games.
The tournament will be finished within 32 days – a measure to appease powerful European squads, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino said the world cup has to be “more inclusive”. He said, “Football is more than just Europe and South America, football is global.”
Charlie F, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy