Reports: FIFA considering pre-match penalty shootouts for the 2026 World Cup

FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) is the international governing body for beach football, futsal, and association football. It was established in 190 to oversee international competition between Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland’s national associations.

It has a headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, and currently has 211 national associations as members. Each of these national associations must also be a member of one of the six global regional confederations: CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia and Australia), UEFA (Europe), CONCACAF (North and Focal America and the Caribbean), OFC (Oceania) and CONMEBOL (South America).

Pre-match penalty shootouts are being considered by FIFA, according to reports, for the 2026 World Cup.
It has already been decided that 48 teams will compete in the tournament in 2026, up from 32 teams in 2022.

Additionally, the tournament will be divided into 16 groups of three teams by the governing body. However, the format’s drawback is that two teams will know the third team’s points total prior to the final match day.

From each of the 16 groups, two of the best teams will advance to the 32-team knockout stage.
Consequently, to keep away from conspiracy, FIFA is thinking about a punishment shootout to grant a reward to highlight the groups.

However, if the shootout is contested at the conclusion of the match, teams can still predict which outcome will favor them.

As a result, FIFA is considering implementing a shootout policy prior to a match’s start.
It will undoubtedly be a one-of-a-kind setting in which a game will be played. It remains to be seen whether the rule will be implemented and whether it will have an impact on league football worldwide.

Which teams have already qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup’s knockout rounds?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup’s group stages are still going on. Nevertheless, a number of teams have already advanced to the knockout stages.

The schedule for Group A is complete. The Netherlands have won the group and will face the USA, who finished second in Group B.Senegal, winners of Group A will face England, winners of Group B.

In the Round of 16, Group D runners-up Poland will face Group C winners and defending champions France. In the knockout stages, Argentina, winners of Group D, will face Australia, winners of Group C.

Brazil and Portugal, in addition to these teams, have reserved their spots in the 2022 World Cup knockout stages. The two groups dominated their initial two matches of the competition.
The match between the Netherlands and the United States will be the first of the tournament’s knockout rounds on December 3.

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