Fifa’s ruling council has unanimously approved to expand the World cup to 48 teams in the 2026 edition.
The bloated system will have sixteen groups of three teams where the top two advance to the subsequent knockout rounds.
“The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026:
16 groups of 3 teams. Details to follow after the meeting.”
The expansion affects the number of games which increase from 64 to 80 but the 32-day tournament duration remains unchanged.
The finalists will play only seven players like it is with the current 32 team system that ends with the Qatar 2022 world cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been campaigning for the change in the name of a more inclusive worldcup.
The allocation system of the extra sixteen places has not been agreed but Africa and Asia are expected to benefit from the move.
Africa currently has only five slots for the 54 countries to compete for. The hosts for the 2026 finals will be decided in 2020.