Concerning the 48-team World Cup format which begins in 2026, the FIFA Council has agreed on a new proposed slot allocation during their meeting at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Thursday.
The new proposal would see an additional four slots for the African continent, which is being represented by five teams in next year’s edition.
According to a report on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association website, the proposal will be presented to the FIFA council awaiting its official ratification during their next meeting which will be held in Manama, Bahrain on the 9th of May.
Here’s a list for the proposed slot allocation:
UEFA: 16 direct slots
CAF: 9 direct slots
AFC: 8 direct slots
CONCACAF: 6 direct slots
CONMEBOL: 6 direct slots
OFC: 1 direct slot
The host country’s automatic slot will be taken from the quota of its confederation. In the case of co-hosting, the number of countries to directly qualify will be decided by the FIFA Council.
The above list compiles to a total of 46 with the remaining two spots being decided by a play-off tournament comprised of six teams which is to be played in the host country.
The six teams are one for each confederation excluding UEFA in addition to one team from the host country’s confederation. Two teams will be seeded according to the FIFA World Rankings and will play the winners of the knockout matches that involve the other four unseeded teams.
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