2026 World Cup Will Expand To 4 Team Groups With A Total Of 104 Games

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

14 Mar 2023

The 2026 World Cup is set to be the biggest one yet, with FIFA reportedly ready to approve 48 team expansion.

The original plan was to have 16 three-team groups at the finals hosted in United States, Canada and Mexico, but that plan has been scrapped with the FIFA Council set to approve the new format at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, later on Tuesday.

Group winners and runners-up, along with the eight best third-placed teams, would then advance to a brand new last-32 stage.

The 2026 tournament will be the longest in history with a whopping 104 games over 39 days.