Why is the World Cup going from 32 teams to 16?



Why is the World Cup going from 32 teams to 16?

The 32-team finals since 1998 have felt long enough, but for purely sporting reasons – nothing to do with money – Fifa has decided to add 16 sides and fiddle with the format World Cup expansion to 48 teams from 2026 confirmedGuardian Paul MacInnes @PaulMac Tue 10 Jan 2017 08.21 EST Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 01.12 EST

How many teams are in the World Cup?

Fifa’s plan for 2026 explained The 32-team finals since 1998 have felt long enough, but for purely sporting reasons – nothing to do with money – Fifa has decided to add 16 sides and fiddle with the format World Cup expansion to 48 teams from 2026 confirmedGuardian

How many matches does it take to reach the Champions League?

The two teams who reach the final will have still played six matches to get there, as they currently do. In effect, 32 teams are still guaranteed to have at least three matches in the competition, which is what happens in the current 32 team format.

How will the 2026 World Cup work?

Fifa’s decision to award the united bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico the right to host the 2026 World Cup will bring us a 48-team tournament like no World Cup before. But how will it work? How does having three host nations work? Twenty-three cities across the three countries are bidding to be selected as one of the 16 eventual host cities.