The Federation Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) is the governing body of association football. Fifa is responsible for the organisation of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991. Fifa was founded in 1904. Headquartered in Zurich, its membership now comprises 209 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania and South America.

Fifa President Gianni Infantino says World Cup expansion is about development. Photo: EPA

Bigger World Cup a new challenge

For something that is not going to happen for 10 years, an expansion of the World Cup soccer tournament to enable more countries to take part has created spirited debate.

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