ZURICH, Oct 13 (Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 were still on the table and that a larger tournament would not mean a drop in quality.
He also stood by his own idea, first mooted last week, for a 48-team tournament, starting with a playoff round featuring 32 teams in which the 16 losers would go straight home after a single game.
A document presented to the FIFA Council, and seen by Reuters, offered 10 different possible formats, for varying numbers of teams.
“There is a positive feeling around the council but the details are still to be elaborated, whether it’s 40 teams, eight groups of five or 10 groups of four, or 48 teams with a playoff at the start,” Infantino told reporters. “This is still very much a work in progress.” (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)