CHANGES: FIFA President Gianni Infantino
IN A statement made earlier today, The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced that it was going to include more football teams in the 2026 World Cup, taking the number of participants from 32 to 48.
FIFA is the international governing body for football and made waves with their statement outlining the changes afoot for the competition, which include creating 16 groups of three football teams who will battle it out in 2026 for the coveted cup.
The planned expansion means that there will be 24 additional games during the next World Cup season - great news for football fans around the world.
Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA says the 48-team line-up will make the tournament "more inclusive"; whilst he and colleagues also extol the financial virtues of the change, revealing that forecasts show an increase of £521 million in extra profit for the World Cup.
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