June kickoff for qualifiers to 2022 World Cup of 32 or 48 teams

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. France won the final 4-2. FIFA says its committee for organizing competitions confirms the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. This gives FIFA until early-June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event spreading games around the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)ZURICH — Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup will begin in Asia in June, though political tensions between Qatar and its neighbors means FIFA’s push to expand the tournament is still uncertain.FIFA’s committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. Details from other continents “will follow in due course.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ FIFA’s decision making runs through its ruling council meeting next week in Miami, and again in Paris days before the June 5 congress of 211 member federations.FIFA members could favor giving themselves 16 more qualifying slots regardless of diplomatic tensions caused by an ongoing boycott of Qatar by regional rivals.Pressure on Qatar has been led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. If Qatar eventually agrees to share hosting, Kuwait and Oman are thought more acceptable options.A June kickoff for qualifying leaves up to three years to complete a program that typically runs to more than 800 games.Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup took 2 1/2 years, from a preliminary game in March 2015 between East Timor and Mongolia through a November 2017 playoff involving Peru and New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT PBA D-League: Letran banks on big men to thump AMA Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments This gives FIFA until early June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event which would need to spread games around the Middle East.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has persistently pushed for an expanded World Cup, despite a limit of 28 days to play the tournament from Nov. 21-Dec. 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHowever, Qatar seems unlikely to agree on giving up some of the hosting rights it won in 2010.Qatar is building just eight stadiums for a 64-game tournament while 12 is the ideal number for 48 teams playing 80 games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more