By Adebayo Williams
World football governing body, FIFA, has approved the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. The decision was reached after a meeting in the body’s headquarters in Switzerland on Tuesday. It will take effect from 2026.
The proposal by the president of the body, Gianni Infantino had earlier been met with skepticism with many arguing it could diminish the quality of the competition. Infantino had been quoted originally as saying he wanted “a 2026 competition featuring the 16 groups, followed by a 32-team knock-out, increasing the number of games from 64 to 80 but remaining inside a 32-day schedule.”
Infantino has also said the expansion would give other countries the joy of experiencing the joy of playing in the World Cup. Africa and Asia are believed to be the continents being referred to.
The make-up of the World Cup tournament has remained the same since 1998.