FIFA considers Oman, Kuwait to co-host 2022 FIFA World Cup with Qatar

FIFA is considering pairing Kuwait and Oman with Qatar to host expanded 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Gianni Infantino

Qatar was handed the hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but the number of participating countries has been increased from the usual 32 to 48.

FIFA is considering letting Kuwait and Oman to host some of the games for the Mundial to be staged in 2022.

The World football governing body will take a decision on this pending issue in June, but it has already warned that it will be difficult for Qatar to stage an expanded World Cup.


However, the tension in the Gulf region would make it difficult for Qatar to agree to a joint FIFA World up with Oman and Kuwait

Qatar has said it will not take a decision on expanding the tournament until it sees the details of a feasibility study from FIFA while a deep political rift in the Gulf complicates the prospects of sharing the competition.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt cut political, trade, and transport ties with Qatar in June, 2017. The countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.

The UAE’s sports chief, Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi, said last month that his country, Kuwait and Oman could all stage matches in an enlarged tournament.

However, he said it would only be possible for the UAE to host games if the dispute with Qatar was settled.


“I know that if the crisis remains we cannot,” he said.


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