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The main criticism of FIFA’s newly announced expanded 48-team World Cup format is the quality of competition. The fear is that the prestige of the tournament may be darkened by landslide results due to the arrival of uncompetitive nations.

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To say FIFA made some folks angry this week would be an understatement. The decision to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams prompted a seething response.

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Did the 2026 World Cup expansion to 48 teams take you by surprise? Have you speculated on how big the World Cup could become?

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FIFA have announced an extension in the number of teams playing in the World Cup – from the present 32 team format to 48. Come 2026, the World Cup will see a three-fold jump in less than 50 years, from 16 in 1978 to 48.

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‘Right, so what we’re planning to do is have 48 teams in 16 pools of three.’ ‘That’s a nice idea, all the kids will get to have a go.’

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The FIFA World Cup is a spectacle. It allows fans to watch the greatest players on Earth battle it out for world domination. However, a unanimous FIFA decision to expand the competition to 48 teams could diminish the integrity of the tournament.

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FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy.

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Video evidence was used to award a penalty for the first time in a FIFA competition at the Club World Cup on Wednesday when the referee gave Kashima Antlers a controversial spot kick in their 3-0 semi-final win over Colombia’s Atletico Nacional.

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Referees will be able use video replays at this month’s Club World Cup in Japan to help them make “match-changing” decisions in the first ever use of broadcast TV feeds by match officials during a game.

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The ten-goal shortlist for FIFA’s Puskas Award, which recognises the best goals of the year, has been finalised.

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England will defy FIFA rules and wear black armbands with poppies on them when they face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Remembrance Day.

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino says proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 are still on the table and denied a larger tournament won’t mean a drop in quality. He also stood by his own idea, first mooted last week, for a 48-team tournament, starting with a playoff round featuring 32 teams […]

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke, already banned from football for ethics violations, are facing a fresh investigation, this time over the salaries and bonuses they received in office.

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As one of the most calm and cool heads under pressure, Lionel Messi stepped up to take Argentina’s first penalty of the shootout in the Copa America final.

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Is eSports the next big revolution in the sporting market? With Spanish club Valencia set to announce their new eSports division, it looks like big European sporting clubs are looking at eSports to be something worth investing in.

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The A-League has been handed the opportunity by FIFA to be one of six competitions around the world to trial the ground-breaking use of video replays on contentious calls.

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Dear FIFA, it is time we talked about the 2022 World Cup.

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Why should we be troubled by the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA’s new president?

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Gianni Infantino opened FIFA’s new museum in his first official act as president of soccer’s governing body on Sunday.

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Sepp Blatter feels relief at no longer being FIFA president and warmly praised his successor Gianni Infantino on Saturday.

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