FIFA World Cup To Be Expanded To 48 Teams

FIFA has voted that the World Cup will be expanded to allow 48 teams to compete, from the current 32 teams for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The plan is to have 16 groups of 3 and the top 2 from each other will proceed to a 32 team knockout stage.

The number of matches in the tournament will rise from 80 to 64 matches and the duration will go for roughly 32 days.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says this move will allow more countries around the world to compete.

“We are in the 21st century and we have to shape the World Cup of the 21st century,” he said.

“The football fever you have in a country that qualifies for the World Cup is the biggest promotional tool for football you can have.

“This football promotion, in many parts of the world where today they have no chance to play [at the World Cup], was at the top of our thoughts.”

However, some people are not happy about the changes with campaign group New Fifa Now describing this new format as “a money grab and power grab”.

Infantino disagreed and said: “It’s not at all a money and power grab, it is the opposite, it’s a football decision.”

Whether this will be a good decision is remain to be seen but it seems Fifa want to bring more countries into the biggest international football event in the World Cup.

There will be questions on whether this does weaken the competitiveness of the tournament and what it does for qualifications but we just have to wait and see if Fifa made the right choice.

 

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