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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.

Fatma Samoura, newly-appointed FIFA Secretary General

Fact of the Day: FIFA's new Secretary General is the first African and first woman to hold the job

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, appointed Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its new secretary general.

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.

Sunday Oliseh, Coach of Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles

Sunday Oliseh: New Nigeria football boss eager to prove his ability

New Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh is determined to show he has the managerial ability to disprove the critics who say he lacks the experience needed for the job.

Sunday Oliseh, Coach of Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles

Nigeria appoints former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as new coach

Nigeria have appointed former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as their new coach.

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the 2010 FIFA World Cup (Reuters/David Gray)

Dear Europe: No, you can't have 'your' football back, signed Africa

Like most right-thinking people, I don’t condone corruption and abhor anyone responsible for ruining the integrity of the game that we love. But a troubling narrative has emerged out of the FIFA corruption scandal.

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.

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.

Liberian former football star George Weah comfortably beat off a challenge from Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Sirleaf

Landslide win for former football star George Weah in Liberia senate race

The former football star George Weah has won a landslide victory in Liberia’s senate elections, in polls disrupted by the Ebola outbreak.

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.

2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa

South Africa Is Still Winning After 2010 FIFA World Cup

Four years after hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa endures sustained success as a leading sporting and travel motherland.

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.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

South Africa’s World Cup advice to Brazil—and a huge Waka Waka confession

Dear Brazil, when we hosted the World Cup in 2010, we taught the world some positive things about South Africa.

Delta Ghana Giraffe Tweet Gaffe

Delta Air Lines Discovers that there are no giraffes in Ghana

The publishing industry isn’t alone in thinking that the entire continent of Africa looks just like The Lion King.

Gervais Yao Kouassi, Ivory Coast National Football Team, 2014 FIFA World Cup

How are Africans fans watching the World Cup in Brazil?

As Nigeria and Ghana begin their campaign, a poll finds a somewhat optimistic belief on the continent that an African team will win. How will you be following the action?

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria National Football Team Coach

Africa can win the World Cup, says Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi

African sides are as good as any at the World Cup and one could end up winning it in Brazil, Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi said on Sunday ahead of his side’s opening group game against outsiders Iran.