The Bureau of FIFA Council has recommended that nine slots should be allocated top Africa in the expanded 2026 World Cup.
"The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for May 9 in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA Congress", FIFA added. The two confederations from the Americas will now receive six entries each with Asia getting eight and Oceania one. The host country will continue to get automatic entrance to the World Cup.
The final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the November before the World Cup as a test event, a move that puts the Confederations Cup's long-term future at risk.
The six teams are one for each confederation excluding UEFA in addition to one team from the host country's confederation.
The number of participants will increase from 32 to 48 from 2026, and the allocation of the 16 extra places has been provisionally decided by president Gianni Infantino and the six confederations bosses.
NB: Currently teams from Asia, north and central America, South America and Oceania play-off for two places hence.5 spots above.
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The expansion approved in January changes the number of teams that can qualify to the World Cup.
The host nation would qualify automatically and its slot would be taken from its confederation's quota.
A roadmap published by Fifa in October previous year said the association would "change the current model to take more direct control of critical business operations, including Fifa World Cup ticketing and Fifa World Cup organising activities".
The suggested format would see the four lower-ranked teams paired for single knockout matches.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has also hinted he will favour a co-hosting of the event. The winners would advance in the bracket to face the two higher-ranked teams.
The All Whites celebrate a goal against Fijji in their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup qualifier. The playoff games will take place in the same country of the World Cup.