Bahrain: FIFA Council ratifies 48-team World Cup; Africa gets 9 direct slots

Manama, Bahrain (PANA) - The FIFA Council on Wednesday ratified the proposal recommended by the Bureau of the Council during its 30 March 2017 meeting on slot allocation as of the 2026 FIFA World Cup edition that expands the tournament to 48 teams with Africa getting 9 direct slots.

A statement on the FIFA website said the approved slot allocations for the various confederations includes "an intercontinental play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths".

Africa currently has five slots.

The new allocations are as follows:
.  Asia (AFC): 8.5 slots  (8 direct slots)

· Africa (CAF): 9.5 slots  (9 direct slots)

· North and Central America (CONCACAF): 6.5 slots  (6 direct slots)

· South America (CONMEBOL): 6.5 slots (6 direct slots)

· Oceania (OFC): 1.5 slot (1 direct slot)

· Europe (UEFA): 16 slots

FIFA said: "The host country would also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and its slot would be taken from the quota of its confederation. In the event of co-hosting, the number of host countries to qualify automatically would be decided by the FIFA Council."
-0- PANA MA 10May2017

10 may 2017 11:50:27

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