Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Africa gets nine slots in 48-team FIFA World Cup




The FIFA Council has agreed on a proposed slot allocation for the 48-nation World Cup, which begins with the 2026 edition.


According to a report published on the world football governing body’s website, the Council which comprises of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the presidents of the six confederations (CAF, AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA), reached the agreement on Thursday.

UEFA will get 16 direct slots while the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will get nine direct slots.

Asian Football Federation will get eight direct slots, while the Oceania Football Confederation gets one slot. North and Central America’s CONCACAF and South America’s CONMEBOL are allotted six direct slots respectively.

“The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA congress,” FIFA stated.

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