FIFA Votes To Increase Number Of World Cup Teams To 48, For Some Reason

It can't all be about money

Usually we'd be in favour of any move that made England's qualification for the World Cup that little bit easier, but this seems a teensy bit unnecessary.

Today, FIFA's council members have unanimously approved Gianni Infantino's plan for a 48-team World Cup, lifting the entry places from 32.

The new structure, where 16 groups of three (!) will be followed by a 32-team knockout, is set to be implemented in time for the 2026 finals.

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But why?

Well, it'll mean that more nations get to take part, meaning more tourism, a seemingly longer running competition, and a subsequent increase in revenue for the famously cash-strapped FIFA.

And when FIFA win, we all win, right?

Right?