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FIFA Set To Announce 48-Team World Cup Effective From 2026

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Some months ago, FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced that he plans to implement a 48-team World Cup, as one of his many new policies to restore integrity in the world’s football governing body, and according to reports, FIFA could announce the new plan as early as Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017.

The prospect of an expanded World Cup 40 or 48 teams moved a step closer after FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed that the organization’s highest decision-making body supports the idea in the belief that it will increase the global popularity of the game.

According to top football website, Globo Esporte, FIFA’s top executives have already agreed to increase the number of countries participating in the World Cup Finals from 32 teams to 48 effective from 2026 so as to increase the chances of small nations in the showpiece event and also make the tournament more of a level playing field.

According to the Website, FIFA will announce on Tuesday, the new plans which will see continents like Asia and Africa produce more participants at the World Cup.

UEFA: 16 Participants

Africa: 9 Participants

Asia: 9 Participants

Conmebol: 6 Participants

CONCACAF: 6 Participants

Oceania: 2 Participants

If this goes through as reported, it’ll mark Infantino’s second major policy since assuming the presidency, following the re-branding of the FIFA World Player of the Year awards to ‘The Best’ awards.

The first FIFA World Cup had 13 participants, then increased to 15, 16, 24, and is currently 32.


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