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2026 World Cup: new format unveiled, details

A meeting was organized with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the presidents of the six confederations (UEFA, Conmebol, Concacaf, CAF, AFC, OFC). The object of the exceptional meeting is the 2026 World Cup which will expand to 48 teams. This is a first in the history of the competition. This measure, which will therefore take effect in 2026, will undoubtedly upset the world of football.

Previously to 32 teams, this modification already brings extraordinary changes. First of all, the duration of the competition will not be the same as the previous ones. According to New York Times, the nations should decide over approximately 56 days against 31 in Qatar in 2022. If this were to be confirmed, it will be the longest World Cup in history. This risks upsetting the whole of the Championships, the preparation of the players and the coaches who will have to take these new elements into account.

Still according to the American daily, the group format should be kept and broken down into 12 groups. FIFA at the time had envisaged that the nations be dispatched in pools of 3. In total, there will be 104 matches. For comparison, in the last World Cup there were almost 64 matches. The first two of each group would qualify for the final stages as well as the 8 best 3rd according to David Ornstein, a football correspondent at The Athletic.

Where is the 2026 World Cup scheduled?

There Football World Cup 2026 will take place in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. This is the second time that the United States has hosted this competition on its soil (1994) and the third for Mexico (1970 and 1986). However, this is a first for Canada.

What are the dates for the 2026 World Cup?

Due to the new World Cup format, the full schedule has not been released. The date of the final is however known. It will be played on Sunday July 19, 2026 according to David Ornstein.


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