FIFA, the world football governing body, has announced it will hold a FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022.
The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, which has been hosting the tournament since 1996.
The 2022 tournament will be played in Qatar.
In a bid to secure a FIFA slot in the next World Cup, the governing body of soccer is working on a template for how to certify a host country.
A template for the 2018 World Tournament is now being worked on.
“We will submit the template for a 2022 World Cup in 2019, in which the format of the tournament will change,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement.
“The format will be as follows: a knockout round, which will be drawn in the following year; a group stage, where eight teams will play each other, and the semi-finals, which include a top-eight tie-breaker; and, the final, which is a final, in the form of a group-stage knockout with a best-of-three tiebreaker.”FIFA President Giannis Infantinos, right, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, center, during the FIFA Executive Committee’s meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 23, 2019.
(AP Photo/Gianni Infante)The 2018 World Championship in Russia was originally scheduled to be held at the 2018 FIFA World Congress in Qatar from July 24 to July 28, 2019, but was pushed back due to the Zika virus pandemic.
The 2022 World Championship will be the first to be played at a FIFA venue since the tournament in Russia in 1998.
“With this new template, FIFA is looking to ensure that all participants of the 2022 World Cups will be guaranteed to be accredited to FIFA,” Infantini said.
“This will ensure that the 2018 and the 2022 tournaments are played at venues that are appropriate to host the 2018 Games and the 2018 Summer Games, and that all stadiums are properly equipped and ready for the 2022 Games.”
The 2018 FIFA Confederations Cup will take place in Brazil from July 8 to July 9, 2019 and will be staged in São Paulo, the capital of Brazil.
The 2020 FIFA World Championship is scheduled for July 5 to July 8, 2019 in Qatar, the seat of the country.