Fifa set to confirm 2026 World Cup format with three-team groups abandoned and new knock-out round

A thrilling end to the group phase in Qatar has persuaded Fifa to stick with four-team pools for the 2026 finals, while there had also been integrity concerns raised over three-team groups because teams would be unable to complete the group at the same time, raising the possibility of results being engineered.

Argentina emerged triumphant in December after beating France in the final in Qatar.

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