The Qatar World Cup will set a record as teams from every continent advanced to the round of 16 for the first time, FIFA announced on Saturday.
The tournament, which concluded its group stage on Friday, saw a record for the Asian Football Confederationwith three teams (Australia, Japan and South Korea) reaching the knockout stages.
Two African teams, Senegal and Morocco, are also represented in the round of 16 for the second time. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Algeria and Nigeria reached the round of 16.
“The group stage result shows how much more countries have acquired the tools to compete at the highest level,” said FIFA’s head of global football development, Arsène Wenger said.
“It is the result of better preparation and analysis of opponents, which is also a reflection of more equitable access to technology.
“This is in line with FIFA’s efforts to increase the competitiveness of football globally.”
FIFA also said there was a cumulative attendance of over 2.45 million spectators (96% occupancy) for the first 48 matches, the second highest after the 1994 tournament in the United States.
The tournament also recorded the highest single-match attendance since the 1994 final, with 88,966 fans watching Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 at Lusail Stadium.
The 1994 World Cup Final between Brazil and Italy drew 94,194 spectators to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, USA.

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