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The selection to develop from 64 to 104 matches – rather than the 80 initially planned in 2026 – is due to come at a meeting of the governing body’s ruling council in Kigali, Rwanda adding matches aids FIFA chase its target of a lot more than £9bn in income but it also solves format problems

By Kaveh Solhekol, Sky Sports News Chief Reporter

16:04, UK, Tuesday 14 March 2023

FIFA is set to approve plans on Tuesday for the largest-ever Globe Cup in 2026.

At a meeting of the FIFA Council in Kigali, Rwanda, it will be confirmed that there will be 104 games in 2026 alternatively of the 64 games which had been played in Qatar final year.

The added 40 games are required simply because the tournament is expanding from 32 to 48 teams.

The 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico and Canada will have 12 groups of 4 teams. The best two teams will advance to a round of 32 with the eight very best third-placed teams.

The Qatar Globe Cup was described as “the very best ever”, by FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA had been taking into consideration a format of 12 groups of 3 teams, but the excitement generated by the standard 4-group group format employed in the Qatar Globe Cup has helped to convince the FIFA Council to stick with 4-group groups.

The combined quantity of rest, release and tournament days remains the similar as preceding Globe Cups in 2010, 2014 and 2018 – 56 days.

It signifies teams reaching the final will now have to play eight matches, rather than the seven played by Qatar 2022 finalists Argentina and France.

The final in the United States is due to be on Sunday July 19, 2026.

Why FIFA had a ‘rethink’ more than Globe Cup format

Kaveh Solhekol explains the particulars and the motives behind a new format for the Globe Cup

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“FIFA had a challenge simply because this is going to be the 1st Globe Cup with 48 teams so they had been attempting to perform out how it was going to be organised.

“It was going to be 16 groups of 3 teams and you could have had the predicament exactly where two teams would have only played two games just before getting knocked out and going property.

“FIFA had a rethink, which was accelerated by the Globe Cup in Qatar. FIFA believed the Qatar Globe Cup was thrilling – there was so a lot jeopardy and so a lot at stake.

“That is why they have had a appear at it once again and at this FIFA Council meeting in Rwanda, it is going to be officially authorized.

“A lot of traditionalists will say they are unhappy with 48 teams simply because it is also lots of teams and the excellent is going to endure. It is also terrible for the atmosphere possessing a lot more teams flying about Mexico, Canada and the USA.

“The other argument, even though, is that FIFA is created of 211 various nations and of these nations only 78 have ever played in the Globe Cup, so they have been lobbying FIFA to say they need to have to have a possibility to play in the Globe Cup otherwise their requirements of football are not going to strengthen.

“If you appear at the slot allocation, at the Globe Cup in Qatar we only had 5 nations from Africa even even though there are 54 African nations that are members of FIFA.

“Their slot allocation is going to go up from 5 to nine, there are now going to be eight teams from Asia, six teams from Concacaf so if you take off your blinkers and appear at football not just from a western European viewpoint, the rest of the planet – effectively, the persons I speak to – do like that the Globe Cup will be expanded and it truly will be the Globe Cup.”

FIFA expands Club Globe Cup and approves new tournament

Chelsea are set to function in the revamped Club Globe Cup in 2025

Also authorized by the FIFA Council in Rwanda had been plans for an expanded Club Globe Cup which will see Chelsea play in the 1st edition in the summer season of 2025.

The 4 Champions League winners from 2021 to 2024 will qualify for the tournament, which guarantees a spot for Chelsea and final year’s victors Actual Madrid, plus the 2023 and 2024 winners.

Twelve of the 24 teams taking component will be from Europe and the tournament will be held each 4 years. The remaining eight European locations are most likely to be allocated according to UEFA club co-effective rankings.

This year’s seven-group tournament is getting held in Saudi Arabia in December.

Actual Madrid celebrate winning the Club Globe Cup final month

Actual Madrid won the 2022 Club Globe Cup in Morocco final month, beating Al-Hilal five-three in the final of the seven-group tournament.

In addition, the FIFA Council also unanimously authorized plans for a new annual competitors among the champions of its six confederations.

The 1st competitors will be held subsequent year and will function the Champions League winners playing the winners of the international confederations play-offs.

This competitors will replace the present seven-group format of the Club Globe Cup, which means the 2023 Club Globe Cup in Saudi Arabia will be the final in the present format.

The new – and as however unnamed – competitors will commence in 2024, followed by the reworked Club Globe Cup a year later.

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