By Mike Keegan For Mailonline
Published: 19:37 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 19:40 GMT, 15 March 2019
A 48-team World Cup in Qatar and another Gulf state in 2022 moved a step closer last night after football chiefs pushed on with plans to extend the competition early.
The FIFA Council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams and a final decision will be made in June.
A FIFA feasibility study said the expansion would require at least one other country to co-host the competition, with Kuwait and Oman suggested as the best options.
Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless diplomatic relations improve.
The FIFA council has approved president Gianni Infantino's plan to expand Qatar World Cup
They plan to work with Qatar to find a second Gulf state host to cope with a 48-team event