African teams are sorely underrepresented in soccer’s World Cup, and they want to change that

In an effort to make the world’s biggest soccer competition more inclusive, the sport’s governing body last month voted to change the format of the World Cup starting from 2026.

Under the new format announced by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Council, participating countries will increase from 32 to 48. The tournament’s eight groups of four teams each will also be replaced by 16 groups with only three teams each. And African countries—historically...

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