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FIFA expects to earn $11 billion in revenue from 2026 World Cup

The earnings of FIFA have gone up at a rapid pace, and it is expected that FIFA will earn $11 billion in the 2026 World Cup, set to be held in North America.

By wasmulhaq 
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Doha: The curtain for FIFA 2022 World Cup is scheduled to come down after the final between Argentina and France on Sunday, December 18, at Lusail Stadium in Doha. Both sides are gearing up to give their best in the final and lift the coveted trophy for the third time.

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Meanwhile, the earnings of FIFA have gone up at a rapid pace. It is expected that FIFA will earn $11 billion in the 2026 World Cup, set to be held in North America.

Seeing the huge increase in revenue, the football governing body has decided to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48. It means the tournament will certainly be more hectic.

FIFA is expecting that there will be a 50% increase in income due to broadcasting and sponsorship deals, ticket sales, and hospitality at a tournament that will use several NFL stadiums.

It is still uncertain how many games will be played at the next World Cup in 2026 because of the increased number of participating teams. In January 2017, the FIFA Council agreed regarding the new format. It is a challenge to manage a huge tournament, but money has the power to make the impossible possible.

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The 48-team format was finalised to make football more popular and give a chance to those teams that are not able to qualify for the World Cup. The current 32-team format was first introduced by FIFA at the 1998 World Cup in France.

It is expected that 104 matches will be played in the new format of 80 teams, and the tournament will continue for 32 days. The 2026 football World Cup is set to be played in 16 North American cities: 11 in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada.

FIFA is considering making some changes in spite of signing some major broadcasting deals, including with American English-language broadcaster Fox and Qatar’s beIN Sports for the Middle East and North Africa.

 

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