European football's governing body UEFA:"It was clear that all other confederations were overwhelmingly in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams starting in 2026. "UEFA is satisfied that it succeeded in postponing the final decision regarding the slot allocation of every confederation in the future format of the FIFA World Cup. "This is a success for world football, from the perspective that we are here to develop football and everyone should have a chance to play with the ball. English Football Association statement“Following today’s FIFA Council decision, we will work with UEFA, FIFA and the other European associations to understand how the 48-team FIFA World Cup will work. If the World Cup stops being as attractive then fan and sponsor support suffers as well as does its marketing."
Source: bd News24 January 11, 2017 13:00 UTC