FIFA is considering the inclusion of two countries in the organization of the World Cup 2022, in light of the growing talk about the inability of Qatar to host the tournament alone, according to the Associated Press.
FIFA is skeptical about Qatar’s ability to host the World Cup, especially in the boycott of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt.
As FIFA continues its bid for 48 teams rather than 32 at the 2022 World Cup, Kuwait and Oman are likely to take part in hosting the World Cup alongside Qatar.
A source said, that Kuwait and Oman are candidates to participate in the hosting of the World Cup 2022, describing the talks in this regard as “confidential,” according to the Associated Press.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited Kuwait last month and Oman’s authority four days ago, after it was confirmed that the eight stadiums would not accommodate 16 teams.
Infantino said he wanted to expand the participation of the teams in the 2022 World Cup, for the first time in April, although the Qatari sports facilities will not be able to deal with a championship in this number of teams.
FIFA has agreed to expand the participation of teams in the World Cup to 48 teams at the 2026 World Cup, hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. But Infantino is still studying the application of this principle in the World Cup Qatar.
Kuwait has a 65,000-seat Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and is currently building two more stadiums. Oman has a stadium for 34,000 fans.