GENEVA, October 14. /TASS/. The next Congress of the International Federation of Football Associations has been rescheduled to be held on May 11 in Bahrain’s Manama, the organization announced in its news statement on Friday.
According to earlier media reports, FIFA intended to convene for its 67th Council in Kuala Lumpur, but the decision was changed after FIFA’s Council meeting in Switzerland’s Zurich held on October 13 and 14.
"67th FIFA Congress will be held in Manama on Thursday, 11 May 2017," the statement from FIFA said.
FIFA also announced that "the next meeting of the FIFA Council will take place on 9 and 10 January 2017."
"As part of its new set-up, the FIFA Council will meet three times a year in January, May and November," the statement added.
"FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcomed the Council, including several new members and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who was attending her first FIFA Council meeting," the statement from FIFA said.
The organization’s executives also ruled that "the 2026 FIFA World Cup may have an expanded 40-or 48-team competition format, pending further analysis of different options by the FIFA administration, with a final decision to be made on the format at the next Council meeting in January.".