Fifa announced today that the number of football teams in the World Cup will increase to 48. Currently 32 teams take part in the competition but from 2026, another 12 will be added. There will initially be 16 groups of three teams, 32 of which will go through to the next, knockout stage of the tournament. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said that having more countries compete in the World Cup will help develop football as a sport. "There is nothing bigger in terms of boosting football in a country than participating in a World Cup."