FIFA approves proposal to have 48 teams in World Cup

FIFA World cup official trophy. PHOTO: COURTESY.

The prestigious soccer tournament, World Cup, will comprise of 48 teams from initial 32 starting from the 2026 edition.

This follows decision by FIFA’s council body which on Tuesday unanimously approved President Gianni Infantino’s proposal for a 48-team World Cup.

The changes now means there will be 16 groups of three teams followed by a 32-team knockout, should the new structure be implemented in time for the 2026 finals.

African continent which in the past has been given five slots, will now send an additional of four teams.

Germany are the current champions having won in Brazil in 2014 where they saw off Argentina in the finals.