The Fifa Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, with the Fifa president Gianni Infantino’s revamp plan receiving unanimous backing.
Delegates in Zurich were asked to vote on four proposals to change the existing format or stick with the current set-up of 32 teams.
This is the first time since the 1998 World Cup that change has been made to the makeup of the tournament, with the 2026 competition set to feature 16 groups of three.
The Swiss has repeatedly said his main motivation for expansion is to give more nations a chance of experiencing the joy of a World Cup, which will bolster international football in developed markets and help its growth in new ones.
More details will be announced at the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting – although the allocation of the extra 16 qualification slots under the new format was not expected to be resolved at this point. African and Asian nations are expecting significant increases on their current allocation of four spots apiece.
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