Just about a week ago, the president of the FIFA organization, Gianni Infantino, made a statement in which he suggested that the participants in the World Cup could be extended from their current number of 32 teams to 40, or maybe eve 48 teams.
Infantino’s idea is to possibly give the smaller nations a chance to be part of the largest football forum and also get the tournament watched by a larger audience. However, according the BBC, the idea of expanding the number of teams is mainly to give China and India better chances to qualify for the tournament.
“The two big markets in the world that haven’t been exploited are China and India.
By expanding the World Cup to 40 or 48 teams, [China’s] chances are increased.
Chinese companies will emerge as the key sponsors for FIFA in the next decade or so. It’s crucial that China are brought into the World Cup.”
The entire audio from the BBC World Football podcast is available below: