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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:44 pm 
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CHICAGO (July 6, 2017) – The National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States have officially formed a United Bid Committee to kick off the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America. Uniquely suited to handle the expanded format of a 48-team tournament, this unprecedented joint bid will be best positioned to unite the world in celebrating the biggest sporting event on the planet.

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FIFA asked to expand World Cup to 48 teams for Qatar in 2022
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — FIFA was asked by South American soccer’s governing body on Thursday to expand the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who gained approval last year to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48 from the 2026 tournament, received the request from CONMEBOL to hasten the expansion while attending the confederation’s congress.

A formal letter was handed to Infantino signed by CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez and the region’s 10 member associations.

Qatar currently has plans to build eight stadiums, whereas bidders for the 48-team 2026 tournament have been told they need 12 venues.

One option to accommodate the additional games, rather than further straining the requirements on Qatar, would be to share games in the Gulf.

Qatar won the FIFA vote in 2010 with a vision of the World Cup benefiting the Middle East but with all the games in the small desert nation. Hopes of a unifying tournament for the region were eroded when Qatar’s neighbors, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic ties last year.

Even amid the escalating tensions, Qatar World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan al-Thawadi did not rule out last year the possibility of sharing matches with neighbors.

“Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi told The Associated Press. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”

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