World soccer governing physique, FIFA, on Tuesday introduced the brand new format for the 2026 World Cup which will likely be an expanded match that includes 48 groups.
Its new blueprint for the occasion will see a 104 matches going down, an enormous rise in comparison with the 64 video games performed within the 2022 match.
“The revised format mitigates the chance of collusion and ensures that each one the groups play a minimal of three matches, whereas offering balanced relaxation time between competing groups,” stated FIFA.
The brand new format additionally means the highest two in every group will undergo to the knockout spherical, together with the eight greatest third-placed sides.
Whereas the length of the North American match just isn’t but identified, members will likely be becoming a member of their squads on 25 Could for a shortened preparation interval.
The variety of venues will double in 2026 from 8 stadiums in Qatar to 16, of which 11 will likely be in america, 3 in Mexico, and a couple of in Canada.
It has not but been determined which of the 16 cities will host the ultimate, which is able to happen on Sunday 19 July.