2026 FIFA World Cup

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    FIFA to Expand World Cup to 48 Teams in 2026
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    Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, had pressed for increasing the number of countries that play in the World Cup when he ran for the leadership of the organization last year.

    He said it would invigorate the event, which is expected to bring additional $1 billion in television, sponsorship and ticketing revenue in the first cycle alone.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/sports/fifa-world-cup.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
     
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    Bureau of the Council recommends slot allocation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™
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    The Bureau of the FIFA Council – comprised of the FIFA President and the presidents of each of the six confederations – convened this Thursday at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and agreed on a proposed slot allocation for the FIFA World Cup™ as of the 2026 edition.

    The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA Congress.

    After 10 January, when the FIFA Council unanimously decided on expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition, FIFA, the confederations and the member associations engaged in a consultation process, which resulted in the proposal recommended by the Bureau of the Council. According to this proposal, the split of direct berths is as follows:

    Slot allocation*

    AFC: 8 direct slots
    CAF: 9 direct slots
    CONCACAF: 6 direct slots
    CONMEBOL: 6 direct slots
    OFC: 1 direct slot
    UEFA: 16 direct slots
    * The host country would also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and its slot would be taken from the quota of its confederation. In the event of co-hosting, the number of host countries to qualify automatically would be decided by the FIFA Council.

    Play-off tournament for two remaining slots

    The above allocation accounts for 46 of the 48 participating teams. The proposal reviewed by the Bureau of the Council includes a play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths:

    One team per confederation with the exception of UEFA + one additional team from the confederation of the host country;

    Two teams to be seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will play for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the first two knockout games involving the four unseeded teams;

    Tournament to be played in the host country(ies) and to be used as a test event for the FIFA World Cup;

    Existing play-off window of November 2025 suggested as tentative date for the 2026 edition.
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    It's official! USA, Canada and Mexico declare intention to submit unified bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup.
    Details: http://ussoc.cr/2pmDrql
     
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    How might a 2026 World Cup look
    with the US, Mexico, and Canada as hosts?

    While the specifics of the bid are not entirely known at this stage, some details did emerge, the most notable of which was the breakdown of the 80 total games: The U.S. will get 60, with Mexico and Canada staging just 10 apiece.

    The most logical scenario -- especially given reaction to the announcement in Mexico -- would be for the opening game to be played in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, which hosted World Cup finals in 1970 and 1986.

    The final, meanwhile, would likely be played in New York or Los Angeles; Pasadena's Rose Bowl hosted the 1994 decider between Brazil and Italy.

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    48-team World Cup expansion: Should the CFU become independent?

    There are 10 teams in CONCACAF outside of the CFU. CONCACAF as a whole now is set to get 6.5 berths. Selling independence to the rest of CONCACAF isn’t terribly difficult for the CFU, at least on first glance. If the CFU asks for 1.5 berths for their 25 FIFA affiliated countries, they leave 5 remaining berths for everyone else (6.5 – 1.5 = 5).

    https://thehomeofcaribbeanfootball.com/2017/01/12/48-team-world-cup-expansion-should-the-cfu-become-independent/
     

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