World Cup could expand to 48 teams, Fifa’s Gianni Infantino suggests

World Cup could expand to 48 teams, Fifa’s Gianni Infantino suggests

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World Cup could expand to 48 teams, Fifa’s Gianni Infantino suggests
• Fifa Council to rule on possible expansion in new year
• Plan would see 16 teams go home after one game

Not content with expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has suggested going even further and opening up the competition to 48 countries from 2026.

The proposal to expand the competition to 40 teams was part of Infantino’s manifesto when he was elected to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter this year.

Related: World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 10 talking points from the first set of games

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