World Cup 2026 will have 40 more matches than 2022 edition as tournament expands AGAIN

Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after Argentina's win over France in Qatar.
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World Cup 2026 is set to have 40 more matches than the 2022 edition, with FIFA approving a further expansion to the tournament in North America.

Hosted by USA, Canada and Mexico, FIFA has already confirmed an enlarged tournament of 48 teams will compete at World Cup 2026, an increase from the 32 most recently in Qatar at the end of last year. 

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.