Why FIFA changed the arrangement for the 2026 World Cup

The World Cup bunch stage design for 2026 was changed to 12 gatherings of four groups from 16 gatherings of three groups by FIFA’s Committee on Tuesday, expanding the absolute to 104 matches from 64 in the 2022 competition in Qatar.

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To win a World Cup, a country should play eight games, up from the seven set up starting around 1974.

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The best two groups in each gathering and the main eight third-place groups will progress to another round of 32 that begins the knockout stage. Progression for third-place groups was dispensed with for 1998, when the competition extended from 24 groups to 32.


The change implies there will be 104 matches, twofold the 52 at the 1994 World Cup in the U.S., up from the 64 at every competition from 1998 through 2022 and an increment from the 80 under the first 2026 arrangement. That implies more satisfied for TV telecasters and more passes to sell, expanding income for FIFA.


The first arrangement for the 2026 competition in the U.S., Mexico and Canada was taken on by the Chamber in January 2017 when the World Cup was extended from 32 countries to 48 beginning in 2026. That organization would have implied two groups playing on the last day of the gathering with one group off, which could prompt debasement. The ongoing timetable of having all groups in a gathering start off all the while on the last day was embraced after the Shame of Gijón at the 1982 World Cup in Spain when West Germany and Austria realize that a couple of objective win by the Germans would progress the two countries to the detriment of Algeria, which played a day sooner. Horst Hrubesch scored in the tenth moment and neither one of the groups compromised after that as West Germany won 1-0.

FIFA reported the last will be on July 19. The site has not yet been reported, with East Rutherford, New Jersey; Arlington, Texas; and Inglewood, California, the three driving competitors.

No length has been indicated for the competition, which is probably going to be somewhere in the range of 38 and 42 days. That is up from 29 for last year’s competition in Qatar and 32 for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 1994 competition was held from June 17 to July 17.

FIFA reported the obligatory delivery date for players to be made accessible to public groups by their clubs will be May 25, a day after associations should play their last pre-World Cup matches. Notwithstanding, mainland finals, for example, the Bosses Association might happen through May 30, dependent upon FIFA endorsement. The delivery date is trailed by a rest period — and that implies preparing permitted yet public group friendlies disallowed. FIFA said the 56 days off rest, delivery and competition stay indistinguishable from the 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

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