Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2:18 pm
The proposal was backed unanimously according to FIFA and represented a 50 per cent increase from the present number of 32 teams.
Participating countries will be divided into 16 groups of three at the finals, likely creating a tournament with 80 matches up from the current 64.
The 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar would remain with 32 teams. (dpa/NAN)