Oman and Kuwait could host some 2022 World Cup matches if FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino’s plans to expand the tournament is approved, according to The New York Times.
Under the plan currently being considered, most matches in the 2022 tournament would still be held in Qatar — which won the rights to a 32-team event and continues to prepare for one — but other games would take place in Kuwait and Oman as part of a broader Middle East World Cup.
Infantino is pressing ahead with plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to host 48 teams.
The New York Times reported that Infantino’s expansion would not send games to those countries that are currently leading a political and economic blockade of Qatar.
On Monday, Infantino met with Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, and Personal Representative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to discuss the matter further.