22 March 2023

Format changed for advancing into next round

The expanded World Cup in 2026 will be with 48 teams and from last Thursday it was confirmed how they will be divided. In the Rwandan capital Kigali it was decided that in the group stage 12 of them would be formed with four teams each. At the first knockout round (last 32) the first two teams are guaranteed a place together with eight best that occupied third position. Up until the final (plus the classification pair for third-fourth spot) each team is going to play eight games instead of current seven. Competition will last for 39 nights (breaks included) or from 11 June as far as 19 July.
Forty new matches are going to appear as well because from 64 this number will rise up to 104 in total (for the whole event). With more duels played, of course, that there would be also an additional income for the world football organization (mainly coming from sold tickets).


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