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After months of working and reworking, I have finally been able to create the FIFA World Cup starting 2026 and the subsequent Qualifiers and Continental Cups.
There are still a number of kinks/bugs that need to be worked out, please see the bottom of the post for details, and feel free to make suggestions/corrections to the files.
I had to also recreate the current format for World Cup (which ends after the 2022 World Cup and below format comes into effect)

FIFA World Cup 2026 (48 teams, 80 matches, 32 days)

  • Group Stage - 16 groups of 3 teams each, top two teams qualify for the knockout stages
  • Knockout Stage - 32 teams from the previous stage

As the qualification format for each region has yet to be announced, I had to get a little creative:

UEFA World Cup Qualifying (55 teams - 16 qualify)

  • Group Stage - 11 groups of 5 teams each (group winners (11) qualify for World Cup)
  • Playoff Stage - 10 best runnerups from group stage play home/away (winners(5) qualify for World Cup)
  • Top UEFA ranked losing team from playoff stage qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff (based on UEFA Nation Coefficients)

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying (10 teams - 6 qualify)

  • League Stage - 10 teams play each other home/away (top 6 teams qualify for World Cup)
  • Team ranked 7th qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff

CAF World Cup Qualifying (54 teams - 9 qualify)

  • First Round -(2 legs)- 28 lowest ranked teams enter round (14 qualify to next round)
  • Second Round -(2 legs) - Remaining 26 teams join the 14 winners from the last round (20 teams qualify to group stage)
  • Group Stage - 5 groups of 4 teams (group winners (5) qualify for World Cup)

             - 4 best runner-ups also qualify for the World Cup
             - 1 remaining runner-up qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff
            
AFC World Cup Qualifying (46 teams - 8 qualify)

  • First Round -(2 legs) - 12 lowest ranked teams enter round (6 qualify to next round)
  • Secound Round (Group Stage) - 40 teams (34 teams enter + 6 from previous round) split into 8 groups (top 2 teams advance to next round)
  • Third Round (Group Stage) - 16 teams split into 4 groups - (group winners and runnerups (8) qualify for World Cup)
  • Fourth Round - Four 3rd place teams from group stage play in a cup stage (semi-final and final) - winner qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (35 teams - 6 qualify)

  • First Round -(2 legs) - 14 lowest ranked teams enter round (7 qualify to next round)
  • Second Round -(2 legs) - 20 teams (13 teams enter + 7 from previous round)
  • Third Round -(2 legs) - 12 teams (2 teams enter + 10 from previous round)
  • Fourth Round - (Group Stage) - 12 teams (6 teams enter + 6 from previous round) split into 3 groups (group winners and runnerups (6) qualify for World Cup) - Best ranked 3rd place team qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff

              
OFC World Cup Qualifying (11 teams - 1 qualifies)
I left the OFC World Cup format the same as it was previously in the game.
The only change was the winner of Fourth Round (cup) qualifies for the World Cup, while the loser qualifies for FIFA World Cup Playoff

FIFA World Cup Playoff (6 teams - 2 qualify)

  • Semi-final - 4 qualifiers from OFC, CONCACAF, AFC, and CAF play on a home/away basis - winners qualify for final
  • Final - 2 qualifiers from UEFA, CONMEBOL are joined by the 2 winners from the previous round - also play on a home/away basis - winners qualify for World Cup


In addition to the World Cup, I also had to recreate all the continental cups as some were linked to World Cup Qualifying

AFC Asian Cup - format left unchanged (24 teams - 23 qualifiers + 1 host)
AFC Asian Cup Qualifying - I removed the link between this tournament and AFC World Cup Qualifying to recreate this: (45 teams - 23 qualify)

  • First Round -(2 legs) - 14 lowest ranked teams enter round (7 qualify to next round)
  • Second Round -(2 legs) - 12 teams (5 teams enter + 7 from previous round)
  • Third Round - (Group Stage) - 32 teams (26 teams enter + 6 from previous round) split into 8 groups (group winners and runnerups (16) qualify for Asian Cup) - 7 best ranked 3rd place teams qualify for Asian Cup

Copa America 2019 - (16 teams - 10 from CONMEBOL + 3 from CONCACAF + 3 from AFC)              
Copa America 2020-onward - (16 teams - 10 from CONMEBOL + 6 best teams from CONCACAF) - tournament now takes places every 4 years - using the same format as the 2016 edition of competition

Africa Nations Cup - format left unchanged (24 teams - 23 qualifiers + 1 host)
Africa Nations Qualifying: (51 teams - 23 qualify)

  • First Round -(2 legs) - 6 lowest ranked teams enter round (3 qualify to next round)
  • Second Round - (Group Stage) - 48 teams (45 teams enter + 3 from previous round) split into 12 groups (group winners (12) qualify for Africa Nations Cup)

              - 11 best ranked runner-up teams qualify for Africa Nations Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup - (16 teams - USA, Mexico, Canada + 13 qualifiers) - format was announced for the 2019 edition onward

  • From 2021 teams qualify from the CONCACAF Nations League (12 teams from CONCACAF Nations League Division A + 4 group winners from CONCACAF Nations League Division B)


OFC Nation Cup - I removed the link between this tournament and OFC World Cup Qualifying and created a more inclusive tournament (16 teams - 15 OFC members + Guam)

UEFA European Championship - format left unchanged (24 teams - 23 qualifiers + 1 host)
UEFA Euro Qualifying - I did not link this tournament with the UEFA Nations League as I could not get the qualifying logic to work (54 teams - 23 qualify)

  • First Round (Group Stage) - 54 teams split into 9 groups (group winners and runner-ups (18) qualify for European Championship)

                           - Best 3rd placed team also qualifies for European Championship

  • Playoff - Remaining 8 3rd place teams play home/away - winners qualify for European Championship

*Added the FIFA U-17 World Cup (24 teams - Host + 2 OFC + 5 UEFA + 4 AFC + 4 CAF + 4 CONCACAF + 4 CONMEBOL)

*Added CONCACAF Nations League (3 divisions - 43 teams) *I used extinct tournaments instead of creating new ones, you will have to rename the competitions as I have used a LNC file to change the name in my instance.

  • - Division A - top 12 teams split into 4 groups - group winners qualify for cup finals tournament - bottom team relegated to Division B (all 12 teams qualify for CONCACAF Gold Cup)
  • - Division B - next best 16 teams split into 4 groups - group winners promoted to Division A - bottom team relegated to Division C (4 group winners qualify for CONCACAF Gold Cup)
  • - Division C - remaining 15 teams split into 4 groups - group winners promoted to Division B
  • - Finals Tournament - 4 group winners from Division A play semi-final/final to determine winner of tournament

*I have created, but not activated an AFC Nations League (as such a tournament does not currently exist - format similar to UEFA Nations League)

Bugs/Kinks

  • All qualification matches for the UEFA/CONMEBOL World Cup are played in 2021 (for the 2022 World Cup qualification) instead of being spread out over a two year cycle
  • This scheduling works correctly for the 2018 qualification so I am not sure what is causing this to occur
  • I have not quite figured out how to omit the host nation from entering World Cup 2026 qualifiers.  Previous attempts caused the game to crash, or the tournament was never created.  For now I have left the hosts in, but added an exception where the hosts do not take up a qualification spot (look in Fate Exceptions area of League Settings)
  • There is a mismatch between the hosts of the World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup - sometimes it selects the same host, other times not
  • I have not figured out how get the host nation to be drawn into Group A for any competition
  • Sometimes the UEFA Euro Qualifying playoff stage will not play both legs (the game randomly qualifies the remaining teams)
  • I have not changed the dates for 2022 World Cup to be held between November-December

Please feel free to use this file, and modify it.  If you are able to figure out how to fix the above issues, please share the details with me.  I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

 

 

 

5acd1e7a7aaec_WorldCup2026.fmf

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Please make sure you do not any other editor files enabled that contain those competitions (uncheck those files, especially if you are using the previous version of the file I had provided in the other post) and try again.

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1) Just so I am clear, the World Cup is not available from the start of your new game, or after 2038?  I have only tested the file up till 2029.

2) Please check to see which editor files you have enabled when starting a new game.  If you have any other file which contains the World Cup/Qualifiers, it will clash with this file.  See screenshot below.

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Apologies, I didn't have a chance to check the forum over the weekend.  I would recommend making the following change to the file World Cup 2026.fmf and running it on its own.

 

1) Load the file in the editor

2) Click on 'Advanced Rules'

3) Scroll down to 'International Competitions' in the file and select it.

4) Change the mode to 'Edited Rule (Overrides All Original Rules)

5) Save and retest

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In the editor look for:

CONCACAF Nations League = World Cup Oceanian-African Qualifying Section

CONCACAF Nations League Division A = Olympic Games Asian Qualifying

CONCACAF Nations League Division B = Olympic Games European Qualifying

CONCACAF Nations League Division C = Olympic Games African Qualifying

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On 5/5/2018 at 18:35, fracsauce said:

and why is the draw for the world cup now not viewable for 2018? (haven't gotten further then that yet in my save)

I did not implement that in the competition setup.  You are welcome to edit the file.

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1 hour ago, themodelcitizen said:

Does the World Cup host get in?

Also if Guam are guesting in OFC, Northern Marianas should as well ;) (more recent switch)

yes it does i'm in a save and the world cup host does auto qualify for 2018 and 2022. I'm approaching the 2026 world cup and it appears that the host does for that as well.

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On 02/06/2018 at 18:10, fracsauce said:

editor file won't verify save as it says 188629472_ScreenShot2018-06-02at4_12_52PM.thumb.png.303aa74c6a5053ad0540340d96596e93.pnghow do i fix this?

The file was created using Advanced Rules, not competition wizard, therefore the verfication will not work with this file.  Also, stage 0 is a hidden stage which helps determine/qualify the host automatically to the World Cup.

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How I can put the correct realistic draw rules for World Cup 2018 and 2022? Now the second round has random matches, and not like real life: 1º Gruop A vs 2º Gruop B, 2º Group A vs 1º Group B and all of that

 

And also, the countries qualified for World Cup 2018 are not the real countries, I have checked the file and I dont understand why is that wrong

 

Thanks! :) 

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To keep the world cup host out of qualifying, have you tried to using the "Ignore Teams" box in the "Qualified Teams" field. Example:

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It may not work, and you'd have to play with the qualifying formats a little bit but it may be a place to start.

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On 24/06/2018 at 09:29, luiseitor212 said:

How I can put the correct realistic draw rules for World Cup 2018 and 2022? Now the second round has random matches, and not like real life: 1º Gruop A vs 2º Gruop B, 2º Group A vs 1º Group B and all of that

 

And also, the countries qualified for World Cup 2018 are not the real countries, I have checked the file and I dont understand why is that wrong

 

Thanks! :) 

I did not implement the fixed draw in my file as I am not sure how to.  You are welcome to make the change; please share if you get it to work properly.

I did not implement real groups as I wanted my country (Pakistan) to qualify for the World Cup.  However you can make the changes in the file as seen in the following screens for the competition.

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On 18/07/2018 at 04:00, Sankalan said:

Yes, but if you read my initial post, I stated " As the qualification format for each region has yet to be announced, I had to get a little creative ". I also have not figured out the logic to include an extra team from the host continent to be the 6th team in the playoff. (i.e. for World Cup 2026 the following confederations would have 1 participant AFC, CAF, OFC, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF would have 2 since they will be hosting the tournament)

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On 09/08/2018 at 05:55, ScoreMore (Mico) said:

What do you do to have other competitions stop during world cup please?

You would need to recreate those competitions using the advanced editor and change the dates the games are played on.  Perhaps you could include a seasonal break during the time of the world cup.

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I managed to correct the bugs in the file and ignore the host country playing the Eliminatory World Cup, in addition I created new leagues of nations on all continents, with these giving real vacancies for continental competitions and World Cup, I unified the formulas of disputes, I unified the American continent and Asia and Oceania, I must be finalizing the file in a few days.

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12 hours ago, dillonbleu said:

I managed to correct the bugs in the file and ignore the host country playing the Eliminatory World Cup, in addition I created new leagues of nations on all continents, with these giving real vacancies for continental competitions and World Cup, I unified the formulas of disputes, I unified the American continent and Asia and Oceania, I must be finalizing the file in a few days.

Please share your file once done, I would like to see how you fixed the issues.  Thanks.

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On 20/08/2018 at 11:47, fraudiay79 said:

Please share your file once done, I would like to see how you fixed the issues.  Thanks.

Finally I finished without any bug. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Be careful when using files that have used the extinct competitions that I used, as it should cause conflict.

 

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