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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema kicks the ball away from Kashima Antlers' Shuto Yamamoto, left, and Gen Shoji during the final of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams in 2026


The World Cup, already one of the biggest events in sports, is getting even bigger. 

FIFA announced Tuesday the event will expand from 32 to 48 teams by 2026, The New York Times reports.

The move was not without controversy. FIFA is still reeling from a corruption scandal involving former president Sepp Blatter. And the bigger tournament could lead to exhausted players and less prestige, since it'll be easier to qualify. It'll also make it harder for smaller nations to host the event.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. The tournament will be played June 17 through July 2, 2017 in four Russian cities. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

But expansion is good news for Africa, Asia and Caribbean nations who are typically underrepresented at the big event. And expansion means at least $1 billion in revenue just from the group stages, by FIFA's estimate.

Here's FIFA's initial announcement tweet.

Fans didn't buy the reports that it wasn't about money.

On Monday, FIFA also announced its players of the year. Cristiano Ronaldo won for men.

And the U.S.'s own Carli Lloyd was named the best women's player in back-to-back years.

What do you think of FIFA's World Cup expansion?

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