Gianni Infantino is expected to remain at the helm of FIFA for four more years. The Italian is the only candidate for the next presidential election of the world football forum, scheduled for June 5.
Aged 48, Infantino, who has headed FIFA since February 2016, is therefore assured of a second four-year term. Elected in the aftermath of the worst corruption scandal involving FIFA, Italo-Suisse took over the leadership of the Swiss court Joseph Blatter.
The election for the presidency of FIFA will take place on June 5 in Paris, at a congress that will precede the Women’s World Cup held in France.
One of Infantino’s first steps after his arrival at the head of the Zurich-based body was to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup from 32 to 48, starting with the 2026 edition that will be contested. in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He suggested that the World Cup has 48 teams from the 2022 edition in Qatar. A decision must be made next March in the light of the conclusions of a feasibility study.
He also defends the controversial project of a World Club Cup enlarged from 7 to 24 teams from 2021.
UEFA President Alexsander Ceferin is also expected to be re-elected on February 7 as head of the European football governing body as he is the only candidate for his own succession.