FIFA president Infantino open to 40-team World Cup, co-hosts

Published On: September 6, 2016 04:34 PM NPT By: Associated Press

GENEVA, Sept 6: FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, with several countries serving as co-hosts.

His comments show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico. They are expected bidders for 2026, with the CONCACAF region favored to win.

Infantino says "these two topics will certainly be on the table for discussion" when the FIFA Council meets Oct. 13-14 in Zurich.

In his presidential election campaign, Infantino supported expanding the tournament and hosting across a region.

Asked about a potential U.S.-Canada-Mexico project, Infantino says: "There is, I would say, no limit to whatever is good for football."

The hosting vote by FIFA member federations is set for 2020.

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