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FIFA supports 48 teams in World Cup

FIFA supports 48 teams in World Cup

- FIFA plans to increase the number of team participating in World Cup from 32 to 48

- The world governing body wants 16 groups of three teams as against the 8 groups of four teams

- The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds

World governing body FIFA have expressed overwhelming support for a 48-team World Cup, President Gianni Infantino has revealed.

According to Infantino, an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams is a welcomed development.

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FIFA supports 48 teams in World Cup

FIFA supports 48 teams in World Cup

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If implemented, the top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.

However, the proposed 48-team World Cup is still under consideration and a decision will be made in January 2017.

It was gathered also that a change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

FIFA’s council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on January 9, 2017.

Recall that the number of competing teams at World Cups last changed in 1998, increasing from 24 to 32.

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