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FIFA propose slot allocation for the 2026 World Cup
The Bureau of the FIFA Council managed to agree on a proposed slot allocation for member associations for the 2026 World Cup.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council, which includes FIFA president Gianni Infantino as well as presidents of the six confederations, has agreed to propose a slot allocation after their meeting today at FIFA headquarters situated in Zurich.
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.
This decision comes after FIFA agreed earlier this year in January to increase the number of teams set to participate in the World Cup starting from 2026.
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.