Breaking News: FIFA Agrees To Expand World Cup From 32 Teams To 48 Teams


FIFA’s council has surprisingly voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026. The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the famous competition from its current 32-team format from 2026 onwards.

Delegates in Zurich were asked to vote on four proposals to make a change or stick with the existing format. This is the first time since the 1998 World Cup that changes have been made to the make-up of the tournament. It means the 2026 competition is set to feature 16 groups of three, instead of the more common four-team groups.

Why expand?

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has been behind the move, saying the World Cup has to be "more inclusive". Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai in December, Infantino said expansion would also benefit "the development of football all over the world".

He added: "There is nothing bigger in terms of boosting football in a country than participating in a World Cup." Despite saying "the decision should not just be financially driven", Infantino did highlight the possible financial upsides.

According to Fifa's own research, revenue is predicted to increase to £5.29bn for a 48-team tournament, giving a potential profit rise of £521m.



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