FIFA has approved a new format for the 2026 World Cup, which will see 48 teams compete in 104 games, making it the largest sporting event in the world.

The teams will be divided into 12 groups of four, with each team playing three games.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the next round, along with the eight best third-placed teams.

One significant change is that the two finalists will play eight games instead of seven.

While some football fans are concerned that the increase in teams and games will dilute the quality of the tournament, others believe it will make the World Cup more inclusive and allow more teams to showcase their talents.

Nigeria, a three-time African champion, will aim to qualify for the tournament after failing to do so for the last edition.

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and is expected to bring people together worldwide to celebrate the beautiful game and generate a significant economic boost for the host countries.