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FIFA Plans to Expand World Cup Field in 2026

11/01/2017

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  • This is What’s Trending Today...
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  • Sports lovers around the world are reacting to the latest news about football -- a game called soccer in the United States.
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  • FIFA, the international governing body of football, unanimously voted to expand the World Cup tournament in 2026.
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  • FIFA’s voting members agreed to add 16 more teams to the men’s competition.
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  • All voting members supported the plan as a way to raise more money for the organization and add excitement to the event.
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  • The 2026 World Cup tournament will involve 48 nations.
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  • It will also have 80 games, 16 more than in the past.
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  • But the eventual winner will still only play seven games.
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  • The extra games should result in about $1 billion in additional money for FIFA.
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  • That money will come from sponsorships, advertising and deals with broadcasters.
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  • Countries in Africa and Asia should receive the majority of the new tournament berths.
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  • By May, regional governing organizations will know how many new positions they have been awarded.
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  • The newly approved plan will include other changes, too.
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  • For example, there will be 16 groups of three teams.
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  • The top two teams in each group will earn rights to compete in a 32-team elimination round.
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  • Penalty shootouts may be used as tie-breakers in the group games.
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  • Some countries think the World Cup will not be as good as in past years because of the increased number of teams.
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  • But FIFA officials said they used a computer program to predict the results of 10,000 tournaments.
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  • It found that the quality of the event was always decided by the best 32 teams.
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  • The announcement is getting mixed reaction.
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  • Some football fans and sports lovers say the World Cup was fine the way it was.
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  • One writer already predicted the 16 groups based on the current FIFA ratings.
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  • The list includes countries like Curacao, Burkina Faso and Uzbekistan.
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  • These countries have never qualified.
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  • In other news, FIFA announced the 2016 winners of its 2016 Best Player of the Year award.
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  • Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo won the men’s award.
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  • The women’s prize went to Carli Lloyd of the United States.
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  • And that’s What’s Trending Today.
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