World Cup Expands to 48 Teams


FIFA Council | Image by FIFA

When Dallas hosts the World Cup in 2026, the soccer tournament will include more teams and possibly more games to be played in Texas.

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, approved an expansion Tuesday that will feature four-team groups and 24 more games.

The championship will last 39 days across the United States, Canada and Mexico, the longest in World Cup history.

The marathon will include 48 teams, up from 32 countries, playing 104 games. The champion will have to play and win eight games to earn the title.

Sixteen cities will host World Cup matches, including Dallas and Houston among those chosen.

The final is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2026.

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