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Overwhelming support for 48-team World Cup – FIFA president

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:42 PM
Paris Saint Germain's head coach Unai Emery (right) shakes hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, after he received the Special Award trophy, during the Dubai Football Gala & Globe Soccer Awards Ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says global football federations are overwhelmingly in favour of plans for a 48-team World Cup.

The head of football's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams earlier this month.

The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.

A decision will be made in January but any change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

FIFA's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on January 9, but Infantino made expansion part of his election manifesto.