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FIFA to expand World Cup teams starting 2026

Posted on January 10, 2017

FIFA President

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Council approved to expand the number of World Cup teams starting the 2026 World Cup set to take place in Colombia.

The international governing body of football announced on Twitter that the council voted unanimously in favor of increasing the number of teams to 48 instead of 32.

This means that the number of tournament matches will increase from 64 to 80, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games. According to the new structure, the tournament will be divided into 16 groups of 3 teams.

“Expansion will also benefit the development of football all over the world,” said FIFA president who was spoken about his expansion desires at a sports conference in Dubai in December.

This expansion will probably increase revenue to £5.29bn for a 48-team tournament, giving a potential profit rise of £521m, according to a FIFA research.


  1. Tarek Hussein, Cairo

    January 11, 2017 at 1:24 AM

    Yessssssss I’m getting crazzzzy…. 9 places for Africa….now Egypt will always be in the World cups for sure finalyyyy!!!!!

    • Ahmed shousha

      January 11, 2017 at 4:12 AM

      I am so happy

      • ali abu mazen

        January 11, 2017 at 10:04 PM

        finally we will be in the world cup forever, Thanks you, infantini!!! All Egypt love you!!!

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