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FIFA have a easy set up with 48 teams in 2026 - 8 groups of 6 with the top 2 advancing to the round of 16
Although they want to come up with some other format - top 2 and best placed third place teams advance to round of 32
The 3 choices apparently are
16 groups of three- Top 2 from each group advance to the round of 32
12 groups of four - Top 2 from each group advance and the best 8 placed - 3rd place teams advance to the round of 32
Two sides(conferences) of six groups of four - Round of 16 in each side( conference) - Top 2 in each group plus the 4 best placed third place teams and so on - The winner of each half (conference) would meet in the final