FIFA Approves Plan To Increase World Cup To 48 Teams
The world football governing body FIFA has just approved plans to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup from 32 to 48.
This plan is a brainchild of current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino even as he has always stated that he would want the world cup to be more accessible to more nations as participants.
This will come into effect from the 2026 world cup finals as the executive council of the body approved the plan today.
Infantino has previously expressed his belief and optimism that the council will go ahead with his plan and it was so as the vote was unanimous for the new format.
48 teams will be grouped into 16 groups of 3 teams each where the top two will go through to the last 32 and the knock-out stage will be from last 32 onward.
This will now expand the tournament to a total of 80 matches to be played in a 32-day tourney.
UEFA is pushing to have 16 teams from the continent to participate even as other member associations like Africa and Asia will also have their allocations increased.