Three years after leaving Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is trying to sell the merits of a biennial World Cup rather than waiting four years between tournaments.
Infantino also defended talking with clubs about new projects like the breakaway Super League, which rocked European soccer body UEFA last month before a backlash quickly killed the plan.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that the World Cup had a profound effect on Russia and will influence Qatar as well.
Outside the refurbished stadium, colourful crowds of fans danced and chanted, with a heavy police presence keeping order.
The World Cup will be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 but the CONMEBOL proposed in April that the change be introduced in 2022.
The new format means the club competition will interfere less with the rest of the football calendar, particularly in Europe.
Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo.
Sunil Chhetri will be one among the dignitaries present during the final of the ongoing Under-17 FIFA World Cup.