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Is FIFA expanding the football World Cup for the good of the game

From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32

Roy Hay | The Conversation 

FIFA’s decision to increase the number of countries taking part in the final tournament for its World Cup has provoked a predictable range of responses from those involved in football., Deakin University From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32. They will take part in 16 groups of three, with the top two in each moving directly to a knockout phase. The number of matches played will go up from 64 to 80, though the tournament will still be completed in 32 days, as it is now. Each member association has been promised more money from the ...

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Is FIFA expanding the football World Cup for the good of the game

From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32

From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32 FIFA’s decision to increase the number of countries taking part in the final tournament for its World Cup has provoked a predictable range of responses from those involved in football., Deakin University From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32. They will take part in 16 groups of three, with the top two in each moving directly to a knockout phase. The number of matches played will go up from 64 to 80, though the tournament will still be completed in 32 days, as it is now. Each member association has been promised more money from the ... image
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Is FIFA expanding the football World Cup for the good of the game

From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32

FIFA’s decision to increase the number of countries taking part in the final tournament for its World Cup has provoked a predictable range of responses from those involved in football., Deakin University From 2026 there will be 48 countries in the final tournament instead of 32. They will take part in 16 groups of three, with the top two in each moving directly to a knockout phase. The number of matches played will go up from 64 to 80, though the tournament will still be completed in 32 days, as it is now. Each member association has been promised more money from the ...

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