The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first to have 48 teams and be played in three different countries.
When the FIFA World Cup comes in 2026, it will mark a new age for football. It will be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries and will also feature 48 teams. The new division of teams came with criticism, but in an effort to make the tournament more inclusive and also to make money, FIFA expanded the number of teams.
Much has been made about the type of format of the new tournament given the number of teams. Now, according to The Athletic, the new format is to be approved by the FIFA Council.
Despite talk of possible groups of 3 or play-ins, the tournament will have a similar structure to the 24-team tournament days last played in the USA in 1994. This is what the new FIFA World Cup would look like.