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FIFA World Cup 2026 new format

The new format that FIFA World Cup 2026 might introduce, with 12 groups of 4 teams each.

By Updated on Dec 19, 2022   22906 views   16 comments
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FM 2023 Fantasy Scenarios - FIFA World Cup 2026 new format
FIFA is analyzing changing the format of the 2026 World Cup to a format of 12 groups of 4 teams, where the best 2 of each group and the 8 best third places qualify for the second round.

It seems a little more interesting than the 16 groups of 3 teams, that's why I replicated it for FM23.

If you find it more interesting you can opt for this world cup system for the game, this file does not alter anything else in the game.

v1.1 changes
The 2026 World Cup is played.
There's a file that removes the World Cup of 2022, adding the history of what happened in Qatar.

To install it, you just have to copy the downloaded file to the editor data folder and select it when starting a new game.

Path to install:

Windows: \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2023\editor data

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Discussion: FIFA World Cup 2026 new format

16 comments have been posted so far.

  • KevinH's avatar
    hey i also wanna make all continental tournament (euro, copa, etc.) apply the sub rule 5 of 15 max 3 stoppage + 1 extra time sub, which also means 26 players will be registered. This has been a permanent official rule in almost every international tournament, euro and world cup included, copa 2021 even allowed 28 players registered, i dont understand why it is still not the case in fm23. i was so fumed when i coached spain and was only allowed to register 23 men
  • Valver's avatar
    @omarhuitron thanks
  • omarhuitron's avatar
    @valver the error is already corrected
  • mircopozzo's avatar
    @valver are you sure?
  • Valver's avatar
    This file has a bug. Germany participates in the Euro 2024 qualification, although as hosts Germany should not participate in the qualification. Because of that, 23 teams go to Euro 2024 instead of 24 and the tournament is impossible to complete. And in subsequent years, qualifications for the Euro do not even begin. It happens on 1.1 version.
  • ohkatsura's avatar
    I think the upper "download now" button didn't work, it's always directed me to this page although the bottom one works just fine.
  • Slapt's avatar
    Is there a way to keep the current format for 2026?
  • mircopozzo's avatar
    ok thanks, did the changes you made to the qualification systems and the Copa America relate to reality or did you make them up to your liking?
  • omarhuitron's avatar
    @mircopozzo @Richardcharlston
    The file: no 2022, remove the 2022 world cup

    New changes:
    New qualifying system for the World Cup in AFC, CAF and CONCACAF.

    New Copa America format with 6 Concacaf teams

    Qualifiers for the Asian Cup independent from those of the World Cup

    The host of the world cup plays in group A
  • bondric87's avatar
    there's a way to just make the qatar 2022 not playable adding just the results and don't touch the following wc format?
  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    Which file is the Qatar history, assume it’s one or the other?
  • mircopozzo's avatar
    what changes have been made with version 1.1?
  • Srdmnt211's avatar
    This file working well, just tested until 2090.

    but the different with default database is the host world cup.

    this file the host always in random groups.

    default database the host always in group A.
  • mircopozzo's avatar
    @Srdmnt211 the problem is that we don't know how the qualification system and the structure itself works
  • Srdmnt211's avatar
    Thanks for this new format, now i just testing until 2100.

    Fifa just announced that FIFA Club World Cup increased from 24 teams to 32 teams.

    Can you make for FIFA CLUB World Cup 32 teams with new format 4 teams 8 groups, with 12 names 5 subs + 1 extra time. Maybe if you have free time :D if not is okay
  • mircopozzo's avatar
    is this format only 2026 or also in the following World Cups?
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