FIFA have announced that the 2030 World Cup will have 128 participating country. The world governing body of football has also revealed that there will no longer be a single country hosting the event. In 2030, the World Cup will be held in 17 countries across 5 continents. Their spokesperson was quick to defend his organisation’s announcement.
The FIFA football family believes in an inclusive game where everyone has the chance to play. We are expanding the World Cup to 128 teams to spread the football message to our worldwide fans and eh, commercial partnerships
Thomas Muller, who has previously been critical of having to play minnows in qualifying campaigns, said the news was a “bigger joke than Northern Ireland’s ability to attack”. There were a few supportive voices for the new format. Bill Vardy, the head of the Gibraltar FA, gave his backing;
We’re on a rock with no hope of ever playing at a World Cup. Until now. Fair deuce to FIFA for giving us a shot at qualifying. With 4-5 teams going through from a 6 team group, we have a bloody shot!
Accusations of greed were denied by FIFA, who recommitted their dedication to the fans…and only their special relationship with carefully selected commercial partners.”