The South American federation resolved in its congress to request that the Qatar tournament be the first in the new expanded format.

FIFA has been asked by South America’s footballing governing body to expand the 2022 World Cup finals to include 48 teams.

Under current proposals, the number of countries involved in the tournament will go up from 32 to 48 in 2026, with FIFA delegates having voted for the change last January.

However, CONMEBOL and its president Alejandro Dominguez have sent a formal request to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino to bring forward their plans by four years.

“As we think big and because we want to do justice, I want to deliver an application letter, signed by the 10 nations of CONMEBOL, for the 2022 World Cup to be played with 48 teams,” Dominguez said.