• Africa granted nine World Cup slots

    2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

    Fifa has confirmed that nine African countries will to advance to the Fifa World Cup finals when the competition expands to 48 teams in 2026.

    In January, the world football body unanimously voted for an expansion which would see the current format of 32 teams expand to 48.

    According to Fifa.com website, the CAF region could get up to 10 places due to “an intercontinental play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two Fifa World Cup berths.”

    Meanwhile, the host for the 2026 edition is yet to be decided as Fifa released a list of requirements the nation must meet in order to be considered when submitting an official bid.

    Slots allocation for 2026 World Cup:

    AFC (Asia): 8.5 slots

    CAF (Africa): 9.5 slots

    CONCACAF (North America): 6.5 slots

    CONMEBOL (South America): 6.5 slots

    OFC (Oceania): 1.5 slot

    UEFA (Europe): 16 slots