- 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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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.