Final decision on 48-team 2022 World Cup set for June

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media after a key meeting of football's world governing body in Miami

"After being presented with a thorough feasibility study on the increase of the number of teams from 32 to 48 at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the FIFA Council acknowledged the study's conclusion that expanding the tournament to 48 teams was feasible, provided that neighbouring countries hosted some matches", FIFA said in a statement.

FA chairman Greg Clarke has urged world football's governing body FIFA to ensure human rights will be respected if the World Cup in 2022 is expanded beyond Qatar's borders.

The World Cup is already growing to 48 teams from 2026, when the tournament will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. "If it doesn't happen ― fantastic also", he said.

The AIFF had earlier this week announced that it meant to bid for several AFC and Federation Internationale de Football Association tournaments including the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup 2021 (Men's), AFC U-23 Championship 2022 (Men's), AFC Asian Cup 2022 (Women's) and the AFC Asian Cup 2027 (Men's).

It will replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is now played in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July 2021.

ECA board members, including Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward, signed a letter expressing concerns, which was revealed earlier on Friday.

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The letter, obtained by BBC Sport, stated that there should be no changes to the current fixed global match calendar (IMC), which runs until 2024, and raised concerns about fixture congestion.

The ECA represents 232 clubs in Europe. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree".

England head coach Phil Neville has previously said he is concerned about the standard of refereeing at the World Cup, adding it was "important" that VAR was introduced to women's football. Fifa's six confederations would determine their own qualification process, whereas now each continental champion progresses to the Club World Cup. The Club World Cup would be held from June 17 to July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played from July 5-31. Oceania would get one representative.

"We know the current form doesn't work", FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani told the AP. Winners of the eight three-team groups would advance to the quarterfinals.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said he was "extremely happy" after the Fifa Council backed his plan on Friday. Two thirds of those taking part would play only two games, the victor only five.

VAR made its World Cup debut at the men's tournament in Russian Federation previous year. Video assistant referees likely will include men helping advise all-female teams of referees and assistants.

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