Gianni Infantino suggested that 16 to three-team groups for the World Cup develops in 48 countries. The members of Fifa, the Council has received a recommendation of the world football’s governing body, which sets five sizes proposed for its showpiece event starting in 2026: two 48-team options team, including two of 40 options of the team and stick with 32.
Infantino first called for a new, opening round of the playoffs to 32 of the 48 finalists. Before a meeting of the Asian football nations in Singapore this week, it has developed a new configuration for a 48-team World Cup Fifa, hope is easier to understand.
All the nations would begin in 16 groups of three teams. The two best teams before a new round of 32, with the bottom of the place of the team back at home after two games. The finalists will continue to play a total of seven games, limiting the risk of opposition from clubs who send their players on international duty.
But only three games in each group raises the possibility of the teams are difficult to separate from points, to goals scored or goal difference. Fifa is currently exploring how to determine the teams that advance in the scenario, with administrators of weighing if the kicks could be used for bonus points.
Infantino has defended a mathematically clumsy 40-team World Cup before being elected in February.
Although Sepp Blatter, the successor of the more the back of this plan, two options will be on the table when the Fifa Board meets in January. There may be eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four.
For the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, there will be no change to the 32-team format that has existed since 1998.
However, with Infantino term ending in 2019, giving more countries a chance to play on the football world cup, the biggest stage is a popular move among many federations.
“Everyone sees that the increase of the participation for the World Cup is really just a tool to promote football in more countries,” Infantino said last month.