By James Masters

PHILADELPHIA (CNN)–FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has approved a grand plan to revolutionize the World Cup by increasing the number of teams from 32 to 48.

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The FIFA Council agreed unanimously to the move Tuesday with the new format starting in 2026.

FIFA made the announcement on Twitter with further details expected to be published later.

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Since 1998, when the World Cup expanded to accommodate 32 teams, the format has stayed the same.

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