At a FIFA convention on Thursday morning in Kigali, Rwanda, the 52-year-old candidate faced no opposition and was chosen by acclamation.

Seven years ago, Infantino took over as FIFA President after Sepp Blatter was barred from all football-related activity in 2016.

The most recent term of the Swiss-Italian lawyer expires in 2027, however, FIFA’s laws permit him to run for re-election until 2031.

After being re-elected, Infantino addressed the delegates and thanked them for continuing to support him and giving him another term.

“Let me just thank you, everyone. Many of you love me, and I love all of my few detractors, the FIFA president said.

“Running FIFA is a great honor and privilege, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. You may rely on my devotion to you in the future.

The FIFA Council approved the plan on Tuesday, making the 2026 World Cup the first to ever feature 48 teams.

For the first time in its history, the tournament, which will be jointly hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico, will have 104 games.

Instead of the 16 groups of three teams that were originally suggested, the new World Cup structure would feature 12 groups of four teams.

Eight of the top third-place teams will also advance to the knockout stage along with the group’s winners and runners-up.

The 2026 World Cup will feature a new round of 32 stages as a result of the tournament’s expansion.

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