2026 World Cup increased to 48 teams, South America was tragically rejected!
The 2026 World Cup announced a few days ago that the original 32 World Football Teams will be expanded to 48, which will also affect the World Cup qualifying system in each state of the World Cup Football Competition. However, although this change can make more Many countries the opportunity to participate in the World Cup, it seems that not every country pays the bill for the schedule reform, especially when the World Football South America reform direction was announced, it was immediately rejected by many countries.
The World Cup team has increased to 48 teams, and all continents face restructuring problems
After announcing that 48 teams will be expanded, and after discussion by FIFA, the participating seats of each continent will be allocated into 8 groups in Asia, 9 groups in Africa, 6 groups in Central and North America, 6 groups in South America, and 1 group in Oceania, 16 groups in Europe and 2 groups of play-offs. , and the change of this matter has also caused the various continental football federations to discuss how to change the competition system. At present, most states have not announced it yet, and they are still in the discussion stage.
However, according to the Brazilian media "Global Sports" not long ago, there is a great possibility that the South American region of the World Football Team will change the competition system to group competition, such as the way of the World Football Team's top 12 in Asia, and finally from the two groups. The qualifying teams for the World Cup are selected separately, and this method is also used to reduce the battle cycle of World Cup qualifying matches.
World Cup South America is difficult to restructure, and many countries have objections
It is not very surprising that the competition system will be changed in this way because there are only 10 teams that will compete together in the South American region of the World Football Team. In addition, the South American region has two strong teams, Brazil and Argentina. If the competition system is not changed a little, South America The Americas qualifiers are going to be boring, uncompetitive, and unwatchable.
But as soon as the news came out, most of the South American countries, except Brazil and Argentina, were not happy. Many countries still wanted to follow the original way to play with each country's host and guest, for a total of 18 rounds.
Can Venezuela, the turtle at the bottom, rush into the World Cup with this additional team?
An interesting point is that since the next World Cup will bring the South American team to 6 teams, and there are only 10 teams in South America, all teams in several books have experience in qualifying for the World Cup. Only Venezuela has never entered the World Cup. The teams in the internal competition always fall at the bottom of the group, but this year’s World Cup South America qualifiers will increase the number of places to 6. If Venezuela is a little more competitive, it is not impossible to qualify for the World Cup.
As for the final form of the new competition system, we have to wait for the communication between the football associations of various countries before it can be determined. The South American Football Federation also said: "Other football associations want to maintain the current 18-round competition system, only Brazil and Argentina agree, we will continue to hold our position. But whether the system can be changed or not depends on the opinions of the majority." The latest news can only be announced by CONMEBOL.