CONCACAF keeps hexagonal in new SWC qualifying format

2019-07-12 16:30

New-look North American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 will retain a six-team hexagonal round-robin showdown in the final round.

Platini denies wrongdoing in Qatar SWC case

2019-06-18 15:03

Banned ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini, questioned over alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2022 SWC to Qatar, says he has done "absolutely nothing" wrong.

Never a 'chance in hell' of 48-team 2022 World Cup: analysts

2019-05-23 15:34

There was never a "chance in hell" the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be expanded to 48 teams because of regional rivalries, according to analysts.

Qatar opens first metro line for 2022 World Cup

2019-05-08 18:48

Qatar has opened its first metro line as the gas-rich Gulf state bolsters its infrastructure ahead of hosting the football World Cup in 2022.

'Not a done deal' - Qatar wary over 48-team World Cup

2019-04-07 12:32

Qatar stressed that the 2022 World Cup remains at 32 teams as FIFA chief Gianni Infantino piled on pressure to expand the tournament to 48.

FIFA backs 48-team Soccer World Cup in 2022

2019-03-15 19:55

FIFA moved a step closer to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a co-host can be found.

Blatter says Sarkozy helped Qatar land 2022 World Cup

2019-03-11 21:21

Sepp Blatter has alleged that ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy had played a crucial role in helping Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

'If Trump, Kim can meet' then FIFA can have 48-team

2019-02-27 22:00

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that world football's governing body is still pondering a 48-team 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar.

Time running out on Qatar labour reform, warns Amnesty

2019-02-05 08:15

Qatar is running out of time to stamp out widespread serious labour abuse for tens of thousands of migrant workers before hosting the 2022 World Cup.

SWC hosts Qatar to introduce 100% booze tax

2019-01-01 10:44

Soccer World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from January 1, 2019, a government official confirmed.


Qatar's World Cup contractors to return $25m workers' fees

2019-07-02 20:23

Contractors preparing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will return $25 million of illegal recruitment fees charged to some 37,000 workers.

Infantino 'gives himself bloody nose' over Qatar World Cup

2019-05-23 20:36

FIFA President Gianni Infantino wanted to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and the decision to shelve that plan is a slap in his face.

FIFA shelves plans for 48-team 2022 SWC in blow to Bafana

2019-05-23 07:00

The 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar will be played with 32 teams after a proposed expansion of the tournament to 48 sides was scrapped.

FIFA president borrows page from Blatter book

2019-04-15 14:46

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has borrowed a page from the controversial Sepp Blatter in his attempt to get 48 countries for the 2022 CWC. Sy Lerman reports.

Qatar and France sign World Cup 2022 security deal

2019-03-28 17:24

Qatar and France have signed a World Cup security agreement signed in Doha following a meeting between the country's respective prime ministers.

Final decision on 48-team 2022 SWC set for June

2019-03-14 20:34

FIFA chiefs will decide whether to back an expansion of the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams but a final decision will only be taken at a meeting.

FIFA urged to probe Qatar World Cup allegations

2019-03-10 19:20

FIFA has been urged to launch an investigation amid claims world football's governing body was offered a secret TV deal 3 weeks before the Gulf state was awarded the 2022 SWC.

FIFA president 'optimistic' about 48-team Qatar SWC

2019-02-15 20:51

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was "optimistic" about organising the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with 48 teams instead of 32.

FIFA discussing 48-team Qatar World Cup, confirms Infantino

2019-01-17 23:08

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that they are discussing the feasibility of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

'Majority' back 48-team Qatar SWC, says Infantino

2018-12-13 19:54

A "majority" of football federations support increasing the number of teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48.

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