FIFA considering expanding World Cup format to 40 teams
FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup format to a 40-team tournament, reports the Press Association’s Martyn Ziegler.
According to the report, reform chief Francois Carrard said members of FIFA’s Executive Committee were “extremely receptive” to the proposal of a 40-team World Cup over the current 32-team format.
At the executive committee meeting on Thursday in Zurich, the committee decided to defer the vote on the change, but plans to discuss it further.
During the same meeting, the committee approved a comprehensive reforms plan, which will now need to be backed by the FIFA Congress, in an effort to improve the organization’s operations following the recent corruption scandals.
Thursday also marked the date of dozens of arrests made by Swiss officials, including CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit and CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout.
FIFA Congress will vote on the reforms plan, which includes term limits and integrity checks for officials, on Feb. 26.