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FIFA to make decision on expanding 2022 World Cup in June; CWC revamp approved

MIAMI -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

Infantino also said that the FIFA Council had voted to approve a revamp of the Club World Cup with 24 teams participating in a tournament to be held in June and July of 2021.

FIFA had already approved of a 48-team World Cup in 2026, but that edition of the tournament features Canada, Mexico and the United...

Qatar could share World Cup 2022 with expansion to 48 teams - FIFA

A FIFA study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams.

A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbours as an additional host, and found there is a a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams -- a significant change to...

Brazil World Cup winner Coutinho dies at 75

Pele and Coutinho
Coutinho, right, made 15 appearances for Brazil.

Brazilian striker Coutinho, a 1962 World Cup winner who Pele considered his favorite attacking partner at Santos FC, has died. He was 75.

Santos announced Coutinho's death in a statement on Twitter on Monday. The club said he died at home and his funeral will be at Santos' stadium.

The cause of Coutinho's death was not immediately released. In January, he was taken to a hospital because of pneumonia, and he also suffered from diabetes.

While Pele was dazzling the world as a 17-year-old sensation...

Report: FIFA mull Oman, Kuwait if '22 World Cup expands to 48 teams

FIFA is considering Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches at the 2022 World Cup if the tournament, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 teams, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026 but FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing forward the enlarged format to 2022.

World soccer's ruling body did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A decision is expected in June, although FIFA has already warned it...

FIFA reserves soar to record $2.7bn, revenue at $6.4bn

FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion.

FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4bn in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup.

The financial results suggest FIFA has weathered the deepest crisis in its history, which erupted in 2015 when a United States-led criminal investigation led to the arrests and later convictions of high-ranking officials on corruption charges. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was also deposed in a financial misconduct case that left the governing body's reputation in...