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FIFA may re-think three team groups for the 2026 World Cup in North America featuring 48 team field

Arsene Wenger says FIFA may rethink three team groups for North America 2026 World Cup, expanding field to 48 teams for first time

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FIFA is reconsidering its options for dividing teams in the 2026 World Cup, with groups of three and four on the table.

Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Director of Global Football, said the global football board is reconsidering how they will group teams for the tournament in four years’ time.

That tournament will expand the World Cup field from 32 teams to 48 teams for the first time in its history.

Wenger said no decisions have been made yet, but a decision could be made by the FIFA council soon.

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FIFA director of global football Arsène Wenger says the group format for 2026 could change

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‘This has not yet been decided, but it will be 16 groups of three, 12 groups of four, or two games of six groups of four, as you organize two teams of 24 teams. [tournaments],’ Wenger said on Sunday.

“I won’t be able to decide that, it will be decided by the FIFA Council and I think it will happen next year.”

Calls to reconsider FIFA’s original plan for the tournament – with 16 groups of three teams – came as action at this World Cup has brought surprises, such as Japan and South Korea coming out of difficult groups.

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Any reconsideration or change of the original format would be decided by the FIFA Congress

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At the 2026 World Cup, 48 teams will play matches in three different countries

The 16-group format would prevent multiple teams from each group. It would also end the simultaneous end of the game that caused the drama in Groups C, E and H at this World Cup.

In addition to being the first World Cup to feature 48 teams, the 2026 edition of the tournament will be the first to feature three host countries – with games in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The games will be played in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada and in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City in Mexico.

Meanwhile, the United States will host games in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

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