The 2026 World Cup will have 104 matches instead of the traditional 64 games due to the expanded format with 48 teams taking part, Fifa said on Tuesday.
The 2026 edition, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, will be the first edition of the quadrennial tournament where 48 teams are taking part.
“The Fifa Council unanimously approved the proposed amendment to the Fifa World Cup 2026 competition format from 16 groups of three to 12 groups of four with the top two and eight best third-placed teams progressing to a round of 32,” Fifa said.
The tournament has had 32 teams since the 1998 edition, with eight groups of four and the finalists playing seven games each. But teams reaching the summit clash in 2026 will now play eight matches in total.
The original plan for the 2026 edition had a total of 80 matches but the decision to increase the number of games to 104 was approved by Fifa’scouncil at a meeting on Tuesday.
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