FIFA to expand competition to 48 teams

The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, as FIFA voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, with the changes set to be introduced at the 2026 tournament after being approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Zurich.

The plans will see the total number of games increase from 64 to 80, although teams will still play a similar number of matches during the World Cup with the four semi-finalists playing seven games – the same as the current model, the Guardian reports.

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