CONFIRMED: FIFA to Expand World Cup to 48 Teams
FIFA’s council has voted unanimously in favour of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026.
The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the famous competition from its current 32-team format from 2026 onwards.
Delegates in Zurich were asked to vote on four proposals to make a change or stick with the existing format.
This is the first time since the 1998 World Cup that changes have been made to the make-up of the tournament.
It means the 2026 competition is set to feature 16 groups of three, instead of the more common four-team groups.