FIFA plans relevant changes to the 2026 World Cup format

THE WORLD CUP that they will organize together in 2026 the United States, Canada and Mexico would have a total of 106 parties40 more than the current one that is being developed in Qatar, according to the idea that FIFA has to specify the next World Cup event.

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, FIFA is already thinking about the 2026 World Cup and evaluating the possibility of changing the format of the next tournamentso that the 48 selected participants offer more spectacle.

FIFA evaluates that the next World Cup group stage is made up of 12 groups of four teams, instead of 16 sectors with three teams each one, as had been initially proposed.

Should this decision come to fruition, the top two from each group, as well as the eight best third-placed teams, would advance to the round of 32where 32 teams would play.

By making that change, the 2026 World Cup would have a total of 106 matches40 more than those that will be played in Qatar 2022, including the Group Phase.

As for the playoffs, in that of Conmebol, with 10 selectedwill be classified six direct and the seventh will go to a repechageTherefore, for some South American teams, such as Argentina and Brazil, the Qualifiers will be almost a mere formality.

On the UEFA side, 16 will qualify, Concacaf, in addition to the three organizers, three direct places and one playoff, in Africa there will be nine qualifiers and one playoff, in Asia eight direct and Oceania one team and one playoff



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