It had been expected, but fans could still not quite believe it was actually happening as FIFA announced on Tuesday that there will be a staggering 48 – yes, FOURTY EIGHT! – teams from the 2026 World Cup finals.

[REPORT: FIFA approve 48-team World Cup finals in 2026]

FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s ‘masterplan’ was unanimously approved by the sport’s governing body as world football’s premier event will be expanded by a full 16 teams from its traditional 32.

First, came the dismay at the decision with FIFA’s apparent focus on money a particular issue for many:

Next came some rather amusing problems with the plan as fans flagged up issues Infantino may not have considered…

However, there were a few willing to give the decision a chance…

It’s certainly going to be interesting, let’s just say that!