FIFA will no longer use three-team groups at the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA might decide against using three groups for the 2026 World Cup.

The framework for the tournament, which will be hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, has not yet been decided, according to Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of global football.

The group stage of the 2022 World Cup featured intense drama as all four teams played at the same time. However, FIFA needs to come up with a new system because the final tournament will now feature 48 teams instead of the previous 32.

The FIFA council decided to expand the World Cup in January 2017 and approved a system that would divide the 48 countries into 16 groups of three teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the finals.

However, this would mean that the two teams in the final group match might play out a particular outcome to send both teams through at the expense of the team not playing, which has caused a reassessment.

FIFA has even suggested holding a penalty shootout at the conclusion of each tie game in the group stage, but even that wouldn’t stop teams from agreeing on a particular result that worked for both.

Wenger stated that three possibilities were being thought about during a press conference for the FIFA technical study committee on Sunday.

There could be 12 groups of four teams in addition to the three-team option, with the best third-place teams progressing with the top two.

The World Cup might also be divided into two different halves of 24, each with six groups of four teams. In the final, the winners of each half would compete.