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FIFA extends world Cup to 48 teams

ФИФА расширяет чемпионат мира до 48 командThe Council of the International football Federation has approved an increase in the number of participants in the final stage of the world Cup.

Under the new format for the first time the world Cup will be played in 2026. 48 best teams in the world will be divided into three groups – each trio two teams will progress to the 1/16 finals. Then the classic matches in the shootout.

According to preliminary information, the quota will be distributed as follows: 16 trips – Europe, a 9.5 – Saharan Africa, and 8.5 – Asia, KOKOMBA – 6,5, CONCACAF 6.5 and one representative from Oceania.

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It is assumed that in the group stage, FIFA will cancel the drawn – in case of a tie after 90 minutes an additional point will be awarded in the penalty shoot-out.

The total number of world Cup matches in the new format will be increased from 64 to 80 matches, and the duration of the tournament will be 32 days. The winner of the world Cup will have to play seven games, not six, as it will be until 2022.

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The expansion of the world Cup FIFA will bring additional profit. It is expected that the income of the governing body of world football will grow by $ 640 million.

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