The World Cup is growing by 50 percent, but will it be half as good? FIFA decided Tuesday to fiddle with the planet’s most popular sports competition, increasing the number of teams to 48 from 32 in time for the 2026 tournament. It’s the first expansion since 1998, when soccer’s governing body added eight slots. […]
Fifa president Gianni Infantino defends the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams, saying the change is based on "sporting merit" not money.
In a decade, soccer's biggest tournament is set to become even bigger. FIFA, the game's governing body, unanimously voted to expand the tournament from 32 teams starting in 2026.
BBC Sport looks back at some of Fifa's more unusual format changes following Fifa's decision to expand the tournament to 48 teams.
Get ready for an extremely sleepy group stage and a lot of bad teams. Want Backheel Breakfast in your inbox? Sign up for the email version here. The 48-team World Cup idea that's been floated around for the last year is about to become a reality. Show More Summary
The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to back President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 nations for the 2026 edition. Regardless of how critics may react, the politics of soccer have already moved on to the new reality: The horse-trading starts now. The impact of this change goes […]
Fifa President Gianni Infantino tells BBC Sport expanding the World Cup to 48 teams will make it a 21st century competition.
London (AFP) – The Football Association (FA), English football’s governing body, wants a full consultation to take place before the allocated increase in finalists from each confederation are decided for the expanded 2026 World Cup.Show More Summary
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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 in a victory on Tuesday for its president Gianni Infantino but derided by critics as driven by money and politics. In a deeply divisive move which will enrich scandal-tainted...Show More Summary
New plan involves 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32, making world's biggest sporting event 80 matches long
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Zurich (AFP) – Critics of FIFA’s decision Tuesday to expand the World Cup to 48 teams were quick to blast it as a politically and money-driven ploy that will be detrimental to football’s showpiece tournament. But there was support —Show More Summary
Fox’s sweetheart deal to broadcast the 2026 World Cup just got a whole lot sweeter with FIFA’s decision to expand to 48 teams for the tournament. Today FIFA made official what had long been suspected, expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 teams. Show More Summary
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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — The items sitting on the second level of Bruce Arena’s home tell not only his personal history, but help tell the American soccer story. An autographed ball from goalkeeping days with the Tacoma Tides in 1976 and University of Virginia trading cards, the coach in short shorts. A photo with President […]
London (AFP) – Damian Collins, co-founder of the campaign group for FIFA reform, New FIFA Now, criticised Tuesday’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, telling AFP it was taken for financial and not sporting reasons. The 42-year-old...Show More Summary
The World Cup will look a lot different starting in 2026