Football’s governing body, Fifa has proposed nine slots to Africa for the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026.
This is part of a proposal by the Fifa Bureau announced on Thursday.
It includes an automatic place for Oceania, 16 places for Europe – up from 13 – and a six-team inter-zonal playoff tournament for two more spots.
Fifa’s statement said the proposal will be submitted to the Fifa Council at its next full meeting in Bahrain in May for a final decision.
Per the proposal by the Fifa Bureau for the enlarged tournament beginning in 2026, Europe would get 16 places, Africa nine, Asia eight, South America six, Concacaf six and Oceania one, adding up to 46 teams.
The host nation would qualify automatically and its slot would be taken from the allocation of its confederation.
The two remaining places would be decided by a six-team playoff tournament which would take place in the World Cup host nation, possibly in the November before the finals, Fifa said.
The tournament would include one team from each confederation, except Uefa, and an extra one from the continent of the host country.
Fifa initially made the decision to stretch the number of World Cup participants from 32 teams to 48 last January.