2026 World Cup to have 48 teams
World soccer governing body FIFA has approved a plan to increase the number of World Cup teams from 36 to 48.
The FIFA Council unanimously agreed to this in a meeting on Tuesday. The new World Cup format is expected to start in 202s6.
The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026:
16 groups of 3 teams. Details to follow after the meeting.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 10, 2017
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