SC statement: Qatar 2022 to remain 32-team tournament
Qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 had a viable operating model been found and had all parties concluded that an expanded 48-team edition was in the best interest of football and Qatar as the host nation. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on Qatar, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.
With just three-and-a-half years to go until kick-off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team FIFA World Cup™ in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud.