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And it will be extended to the World Cup finals to host 48 teams, up from 32, has decided to FIFA.
Will be a preliminary stage of the 16 groups of three teams leading up to the knockout stage during the 32 remaining when the change of the championship in 2026.
Voice of the FIFA Sports unanimously in favor of the change at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.
And a number of matches to rise to 80 from 64, but the eventual winners still playing only seven games.
The tournament will be completed after 32 days – a measure to appease the powerful European clubs, who objected to the reform of the international busy schedule.
Changes on the occasion of the first expansion of the World Cup since 1998.
It described the new FIFA date, the campaign, which says the governing body of a group in need of reform, expansion of “seize the funds and seize power.”
“It will weaken the competitiveness of the tournament, and thus the enjoyment of the fans,” said in a statement.
“It will not help the development of the game or to provide the best competitive opportunities for countries in the lower ranks. Instead, it will be a mockery of the rehabilitation process most of the unions.”