- FIFA has ratified nine African World Cup places NAIJ.com can authoritatively report
- The decision was confirmed on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
- Expansion of the World Cup from 32-48 will start in 2026
World football governing body, FIFA, has approved the decision to give Africa nine automatic places when the world cup expands to 48 teams in the year 2026.
The move was confirmed on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Bahrain which has five spots at the championship.
In January 2017, FIFA members voted that the world up should be expanded from 32 teams to 48 starting with the 2026 fiesta.
Asia: 8 direct slots - increased from 4.5 (currently 46 members)
Africa: 9 direct slots - increased from 5 (currently 54 members)
North and central America: 6 direct slots - increased from 3.5 (currently 34 members)
South America: 6 direct slots - increased from 4.5 (currently 10 members)
Oceania: 1 direct slot - increased from 0.5 (currently 11 members)
Europe: 16 direct slots - increased from 13 (currently 55 members)
Final two places in 2026 decided by six-team play-offs.
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