How will the bigger World Cup work?


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Fifa is increasing the number of teams taking part in the World Cup to 48. How will the competition work?

From the 2026 World Cup the structure will change. The first round will have 16 groups of three teams each. One team will be knocked out. The second round will be a knockout for the remaining 32 teams. The total number of matches will increase to 80, but the tournament will still be completed in 32 days.

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