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Looks like we might be headed for a 48-team World Cup

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

It is being reported tonight that new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.

The Swiss national is not long in the role, and part of his successful election campaign was a plan to expand the tournament to 40 teams.

Now he is saying he wants to bring it to 48 and he has a plan to ensure the whole thing doesn't take months to complete.

Speaking in Colombia, Infantino proposes that 16 teams would be sent home after a one game knockout round, leaving 32 teams to carry on the tournament as we know it.

'These are ideas to find the best solution, we will debate them this month and we will decide everything by 2017,' Infantino is quoted as saying in the Daily mail. 'They are ideas which we put forward to see which one is the best.'

In this version 32 teams would face off to decide the final 16 to play against 16 seeded teams in the 32-team format.

The expanded Euros was a boost for Ireland's chances so an expanded World Cup would also make qualification easier for the Boys in Green.

But would fans get as excited about a possible one-game event for their team?

Guess we will find out next year.