World Cup expansion to 40 or 48 teams The 2026 World Cup lineup is a foregone conclusion

World Cup expansion to 40 or 48 teams The 2026 World Cup lineup is a foregone conclusion

World Cup expansion to 40 or 48 teams The 2026 World Cup lineup is a foregone conclusion
On Tuesday, local time (Wednesday, Beijing time), FIFA will hold a board meeting at the Zurich headquarters. The 37-member board will vote to decide whether to expand the 2026 World Cup finals from 32 to 40 or 48 teams.According to the Spanish media, FIFA has reached a substantive consensus-the expansion of the World Cup in 2026 to 48 teams is basically a foregone conclusion!  Crazy plan: 48 teams divided into 16 groups?  A well-informed source revealed to the Spanish media: On Sunday, local time, representatives from various continents’ football federations held a closed-door meeting in Switzerland, and FIFA has reached consensus within the meeting that the Qatar World Cup 2022 will be the lastThis year, 32 teams will compete in the World Cup.On Tuesday, local time, after the FIFA annual awards ceremony, FIFA will officially announce the news of the World Cup expansion.  In fact, after Infantino was elected as the new FIFA president last year, World Cup expansion has become an inevitable trend.Infantino previously discussed two expansion plans for the 40 team and the 48 team. From an operational point of view, it is difficult to arrange the system of the top 40, so the expansion of the top 48 has become the fact that more people want to see.  Infantino’s initial recommendation for the top 48 system is: the top 16 teams in the international ranking directly enter the group stage, the other 32 top pairs will play a round of knockout, and then decide the 16 teams to enter the group stage.In this plan, 16 teams have to go home after playing only one game. Obviously they have no respect for them. Therefore, the idea initially thrown by Infantino has not been supported by more people in international football.  According to the latest news, Infantino is now likely to adopt a fresh game system-48 teams are divided into 16 groups, each group has 3 teams, the top two qualify, and the top 32 enters the knockout round.Penalty kicks until the winner is decided.Such a system is obviously very crazy, but it has many supporters in the football world: such a system can ensure that every game is a life-and-death battle, and it can definitely stimulate the fans.  FIFA is the national football team?Think too much!  If the 2026 World Cup really expands to 48 teams, then the World Cup will complete the largest expansion in history-16 more places than now!This will surely involve tremendous changes in ticket allocation on all continents and qualifier rules.  When FIFA repeatedly reported the news of military expansion, the outside world always liked to contact Chinese football, thinking that with the increase in the number of finals, the Chinese team’s chances of entering the World Cup will be greatly improved.There are even many comments that FIFA’s move is to give water to Chinese football, because Chinese capital has recently played an increasingly important role in international football.  In fact, FIFA’s apparent reason for the expansion of the World Cup is to make football more popular all over the world, but the real purpose is to make money.Regardless of the qualifiers or the finals, expanding to 48 teams will definitely extend the World Cup period, which naturally becomes a considerable revenue gold mine for FIFA.According to foreign media estimates, if the World Cup is expanded to 48 teams, FIFA can earn at least 600 million euros.  Although FIFA is envious of the huge commercial value of the World Cup in China, it may only value China’s purchasing power and fans. It will not expand its military specifically for the Chinese team to enter the World Cup, nor will it relax the Asian ball infinitely against China.The threshold for the team to enter the World Cup finals.Strictly speaking, even if there are 8 tickets for the World Cup in Asia in the future, the current ability of the national football team may not necessarily occupy a place.

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