LONDON- Luis Figo proposed an increase from 32 to "40 or 48" teams at the World Cup finals as part of his FIFA presidential manifesto launched at Wembley Stadium today. The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA's income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.

"I believe we should consider proposals to expand the competition to a 40 or even 48 team World Cup ," Figo told a news conference.

"Both these options are feasible with an extra three to four days of tournament play. If this expansion were to take place I believe that additional teams should come from non-European nations."

He suggested two 24-team tournaments could be played simultaneously on two different continents with a final knockout stage in one country.

Figo is one of three men challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter. Michael Van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA, and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a member of the FIFA executive committee, are also standing. The election takes place at the FIFA congress in Zurich on May 29.