FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.

Africa is guaranteed nine places, up from the current five, while a 10th nation will enter a six-team play-off tournament to decide the final two qualifiers, raising the potential of an extra place for the continent.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been lobbying for at least 10 spots, with the continent providing 54 of FIFA‘s 211 member associations, a little more than a quarter.

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