A final decision is due to be made at the meeting of FIFA Congress in Paris in June. "We'll continue our discussions, but it's our responsibility today to take a decision and we have to deal with organization matters". Like the men's under-17 World Cup, the women's edition, too, has to be held in October and November.
"We have the duty to look into it, 90 percent are in favour of an increase but it's not as easy as that". We are working very closely with Qatar to see what proposals can be made.
No venue has been mentioned for the inaugural tournament, but it is scheduled to take the slot now reserved for the Confederations Cup in 2021.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates are all potential options yet rancorous diplomatic disputes has led to the tiny Gulf state being politically isolated from many of its former allies.
However the tournament may well end up being launched without representation from Europe. "We are in the lucky position of being in football, and that means you can only care about football".
"The Gulf Crisis is not going to solved by playing football", said James Dorsey, a researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
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The Associated Press on Monday revealed details of a Federation Internationale de Football Association feasibility study that said Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore ties with Doha.
"Until we reach that conclusion, we will continue to work toward hosting a 32-team World Cup..."
"Our openness was based on our commitment to hosting a FIFA World Cup that benefits our region and its people in the best way possible".
"We should enjoy what is coming", he said.
The announcement comes in the face of considerable opposition from European clubs. "We want to have an exciting competition, we want to have a prestigious competition, we want to have an inclusive competition and we will have this in the new Club World Cup starting in 2021".
Video assistant referees have also been approved for this year's Women's World Cup, which starts in France on June 7.