Fifa president Gianni Infantino

January 12, 2017
January 12, 2017

Asian fringe ready for World Cup expansion

FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will be a catalyst to soccer's growth in countries hovering on the fringe of the showpiece tournament, according to Japan Football...

January 11, 2017
January 11, 2017

Asia chief predicts positive impact of World Cup expansion

FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will address Asia's long-standing demand for greater representation in the showpiece tournament, Asian Football Confederation president...

January 10, 2017
January 10, 2017

FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and...

January 10, 2017
January 10, 2017

Deep division as FIFA decides on expanded World Cup

FIFA's governing council is set to decide on Tuesday whether to expand the World Cup, a controversial idea that has created deep divisions among global football's most powerful camps.

January 8, 2017
January 8, 2017

48-team WC to boost revenue

Increasing the World Cup from 32 teams to 48, as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, would generate an additional $640 million (605 million euros), according to a confidential FIFA report...

December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016

European elite oppose WC expansion

The powerful body representing Europe's top clubs on Thursday said it opposed the proposed enlargement of the World Cup, saying leading players were already under too much strain.

December 8, 2016
December 8, 2016

‘Asia backs 48-team World Cup’

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Thursday said Asian countries backed his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams -- and added that up to three countries should be allowed to co-host the tournament.

December 8, 2016
December 8, 2016

FIFA boss urges zero tolerance for child abuse

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for "zero tolerance" of child abuse in football and promised to look into ways the global governing body can do more to prevent it in the wake...

October 4, 2016
October 4, 2016

Infantino floats 48-team World Cup idea

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Monday he would like to expand the number of teams in the World Cup to 48 by adding a one-match playoff at the tournament's start.

June 15, 2016
June 15, 2016

Infantino meets with Maradona

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, a long-time critic of FIFA, has talks in Paris with its president Gianni Infantino, the global soccer body said on Tuesday.