There will be 104 matches at the 48-team 2026 World Cup in north America, an increase of 40 games on the 2022 edition, after FIFA announced a format change.
World Cup will have record 104 matches in 2026
The globe’s biggest soccer tournament is going to be even bigger the sport’s governing body has decreed.
The 2026 World Cup will have 104 matches, an increase of 40 on 2022, due to a revised format for the 48 teams taking part.
Co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico the six-week event will now have 12 groups of four teams with the top two and eight best third-placed teams progressing to a round of 32.
Previously the event was to have 16 three-team groups.