FIFA adds 16 More countries to World Cup What’s the Big Change? FIFA’s new president, Gianni Infantine, has pressed for expanding the number of FIFA world cup teams from 32 to 48. When will this Happen ? The move will take effect in 2026 and it is the largest expansion in the FIFA world cup history. Who will benefit? It will help to accommodate more good national teams worldwide. The revolutionary decision will make FIFA more prominent globally . FIFA adds 16 More countries to World Cup What's the impact ? The ideal world cup duration was 32 days and the number of stadiums were 12. There were two groups of 16 teams when the total number of teams was 32. All these numbers are going to change in 2026.
Is this the first time ? The World Cup tournament began in 1930, in Uruguay, with 13 teams. In 1978, it was still capped at 16. It went to 24 teams in 1982, and it moved to the current 32-national team format in 1998. Now What ? A 48-team World Cup would be a bigger, richer tournament, and by FIFA’s estimates, an additional $1 billion in television, sponsorship and ticketing revenue in the first cycle alone.