FIFA expands number of teams for 2026 World Cup

Photo of FIFA World Cup trophy.

Zurich, Switzerland: The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) which is the world governing body of soccer game today announced that 2026 football World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams from the present 32 teams.

FIFA tweeted after the voting, “The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026: 16 groups of 3 teams.”

The tournament will have an initial stage of 16 groups of three teams. Two teams from each group will qualify for a Round-of-32 knockout stage.

World football governing body FIFA’s governing panel voted unanimously in favour of the change here on Tuesday.

With this the number of matches will go up to 80 in the tournament, from the current 64 matches.

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