What They're Saying: Victor Montagliani

"Groups of three sounded great but there are some issues. Is it right that you qualify for a World Cup and a third of teams go home after two games? We do have to be responsible. There was a footprint of days for 2014 and 2018 and we can't go over that. We can't have a three-month World Cup."

— Concacaf president and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani at the FT Business of Football Summit on some of the issues related to choosing the format for the 48-team World Cup in 2026: divide teams into 16 groups with three teams or 12 groups with four teams, which would require an increase of games from 64 with 104 games. (BBC Sport)
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