FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to enlarge the tournament from 32 to 48 teams [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

FIFA’s council has approved working with hosts Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Gulf to host football matches.

Gianni Infantino, the president of football’s governing body, wants to enlarge the tournament from 32 to 48 teams, which a FIFA feasibility study said would require at least one additional country to be used among five nations identified as possibilities.

The council approved further discussions with Qatar to produce a proposal for consideration in June when FIFA’s congress meet in Paris ahead of the Women’s World Cup.

“We have shown the council the feasibility study in

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