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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.

Gabon's national team at the AFCON. Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Quartz

Africa is the biggest beneficiary of FIFA's new 48-team World Cup format (Infographic)

When FIFA voted in January to change the format of soccer’s World Cup starting from 2026, it was unclear how the increase in participating nations, from 32 to 48, would affect slot allocations to the six geographic confederations.

Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho played together at Barcelona (Reuters/Albert Gea)

The world's best soccer club is looking to Africa for its next superstars

FC Barcelona, the current champion of European and world soccer, is seen as the gold standard in the game.

Issa Hayatou (L) and Sepp Blatter back in May 2015. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)

The future of global football is now in Africa's hands

When FIFA’s corruption scandals first erupted in May, there were calls by some in Europe to end the organization as we know it.

A CAF executive meeting, attended by Sepp Blatter and Issa Hayatou, voted for Gabon to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

Gabon beat Algeria and Ghana for right to host tournament. Gabon replaces Libya. Libya withdrew as hosts due to civil conflict.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

Confederation of African Football (CAF) pledges voting block for Sepp Blatter's return as FIFA President

The president of soccer’s world governing body, Sepp Blatter, now knows that he can count on a quarter of all available votes when he stands for a fifth consecutive term at the helm of FIFA this spring.

Jerome Valcke, Secretary General, FIFA

2023 Africa Cup of Nations dates to change

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday.

Yaya Touré, Midfielder for English club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team

Man City's hopes of having Yaya Touré back could depend on drawing of lots at 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

Manchester City’s hopes of having Yaya Touré back for Saturday evening’s title showdown with Chelsea could depend on the lottery of a drawing of lots should Ivory Coast finish level on points in their Africa Cup of Nations group on Wednesday.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.

Yaya Toure wins fourth African Player of the Year title in a row

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

Confederation of African Football (CAF) promises support for Sepp Blatter's FIFA presidency bid in upcoming election

Africa will support Sepp Blatter in next year’s FIFA presidential election, the Confederation of African Football said on Saturday after a meeting of its executive committee in the Ethiopian capital.

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana bid to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Ethiopia, Kenya & Ghana bid to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya's withdrawal as host nation

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation.

Sepp Blatter, President, FIFA

Confederation of African Football (CAF) supports FIFA boss Blatter, hits out at 'degrading' media

Africa’s soccer chiefs launched an attack on the media – “notably British” – for what it called “repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks” on the integrity of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) “and the entire African continent”.

Issa Hayatou, President, Confederation of African Football (CAF)

Africa seeks to force FIFA’s hand with success in Brazil

Africa’s hopes of increased future World Cup representation rest heavily on achievement in Brazil this year where five countries seek to break new ground and force FIFA’s hand.