Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

FIFA Reveals Allocation Plan For Its World Cup Expansion

FIFA Reveals Allocation Plan For Its World Cup Expansion

Federation Internationale de Football Association wants to stage a new six-team playoff round in the World Cup host country for two places ahead of a 48-team tournament. You have now viewed your allowance of free articles.

The FIFA Council unanimously decided on expanding the world cup to a 48-team competition at the start of the year and Oceania now stands to benefit.

The proposal also increases Africa from five to nine teams, Asia from 4.5 to eight, South America from 4.5 to six, North America from 3.5 to six and Oceania from a playoff spot to one guaranteed slot.

All six confederations will have at least one team in the expanded tournament, with no inter-confederation play-offs prior to the play-off tournament.

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The host country will still qualify automatically, with their place being taken from the quota of their confederation.

Africa now gets five slots and FIFA's recommendation will nearly double Africa's current amount.

Europe would receive three additional slots for the World Cup but the proposed plan does not include them in the playoff games for the last two spots.

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With the United States, Mexico and Canada considering a co-hosting bid for 2026, the decision on which will get direct entry is set to be made by the council and not individual confederations.

The All Whites have only played in two Fifa World Cups - 1982 and 2010 - but appearances could be more frequent from 2026 with the expansion to 48 teams.

The suggested format would see the four lower-ranked teams paired for single knockout matches.

The future of the tournament that has historically served as a test event for the World Cup was already in doubt with 2022 hosts Qatar opting for a Club World Cup event in November 2021 instead of the Confederations Cup.

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