That expanded field was one of the reasons FIFA went with co-hosts USA, Canada and Mexico over Morocco for the 2026 World Cup rights, which were decided in June 13.
Getting Qatar's neighbors to join together may prove trickier. The diplomatic dispute between Qatar on the one hand and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia on the other hand has dragged on into a third year and come to be known as the Second Arab Cold War.
Infantino said FIFA was looking into an expanded tournament as soon as 2022.
"We have to see if it is possible, if it is feasible," he said. "We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen. And, if not, we will have tried. We will have tried because we always have to try to do things in a better way."
Politics -- FIFA politics -- play into Infantino's push for an expanded World Cup. Infantino is up for re-election in 2019. More berths mean greater possibilities of participating for more federations, which makes for more happy federations.
Infantino said Asia -- a swing vote in FIFA politics -- would get 8.5 teams (up from the current allotment of 4.5 in a 32-team tournament).
If you're wondering, Concacaf would get a minimum of six teams in an expanded World Cup. Likely three of those spots will go the USA, Canada and Mexico, the co-hosts, in 2026.
For a 48-team 2022 World Cup, six teams would mean the end of the Hexagonal -- the six-team final round of Concacaf qualifying -- as we have known it for the last two decades.