FIFA is set to approve the expansion of the men’s World Cup today by a further 40 matches from the 2026 tournament in North America, Sky News reports.
The decision to go from 64 to 104 instead of the planned 80 in 2026 will be made at a meeting of the governing body’s governing body in Kigali. Rwanda.
Adding matches helps FIFA is chasing its target of more than £9 billion in revenue, but it is also tackling issues with the format of the event that the organization hosts. United States, Canada and: Mexico.
FIFA had already agreed to expand the tournament from 32 to 48.
Sources say that instead of three teams in groups of 16, FIFA will have 12 groups with four countries.
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The top two teams will advance to the round of 32, where the eight best third-placed teams will play.
This means that the finalists now have to play eight matches instead of seven Qatar 2022 finalists Argentina and France.
The final in the United States will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2026.