FIFA president Gianni Infantino is preparing to start discussions about expanding the number of nations in the World Cup from 32 to 40.
Infantino was elected with the public stance that the World Cup should be expanded, and is pointing to the expanded European Championship as a good example. The Swiss is also in favor of a multi-host tournament, and suggested that North and Central America have a good chance of being awarded the 2026 World Cup after being overlooked for a long time.
“My opinion has not changed on the 40 teams, but that’s my opinion,” Infantino said. “We will have to discuss it and see what’s best for football.
“Nothing is definite. I believe in the 40 teams because I think it is positive for the development of football and we have seen that again at Euro 2016 in France, with eight more teams.
“There are no limits to whatever is good for football.
“For the moment everything is open, but there is a question of who can and cannot bid. CONCACAF [North and Central America and the Caribbean] didn’t have a World Cup for a long time.
“We need to realise that these kinds of events are more than just a competition; they are really social events for the whole world.
“What is important is that the whole process is done in a correct way, a transparent way.”
World Cup 1994 in the United States was the last time the tournament was held in Central or North America. FIFA is expected to have decisions made on the issues by October.