World Cup 2026: four-team groups and 104 game-tournament set for approval

Three-team groups abandoned for first 48-nation World CupLength of tournament to increase from 32 days to 38 or 39The 2026 World Cup finals in the United States, Canada and Mexico are set to feature 104 games, including a new last-32 stage, with plans for three-team groups poised to be abandoned.The finals will be the first to feature 48 teams, with the Fifa Council set to approve the format at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday. It is understood there will be 12 groups of four rather than 16 groups of three as initially proposed. The group winners and runners-up, along with the eight best third-placed teams, would advance to the last 32. Continue reading…

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