Bogota - FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the Soccer
World Cup could have 48 teams playing at the 2026 tournament instead of 32.
On Monday, Infantino outlined the idea that would see 16
teams go home after playing just one game in an opening playoff round.
The 16 playoff winners would join 16 seeded teams to begin a
32-team group stage that follows the current World Cup format.
Infantino says expanding to 48 means "more countries
and regions all over the world would be happy."
The 2026 World Cup format and bidding process will be
discussed next week when Infantino chairs a FIFA Council meeting in Zurich.
Infantino wooed FIFA voters by promising a 40-team World Cup
before winning election in February.
Now he says "with 40 teams, the math doesn't