Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

World Football's governing body is adapting its qualification procedures to match its expanded 48-team World Cup.

The proposed plan is to give additional slots to each confederation but two could be decided between six teams.

Meanwhile, the host country would also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and its slot would be taken from the quota of its confederation.

The All Whites have only played in two Fifa World Cups - 1982 and 2010 - but appearances could be more frequent from 2026 with the expansion to 48 teams.

The proposals will be submitted to the FIFA Council at its next full meeting in Bahrain in May for a final decision. The two confederations from the Americas will now receive six entries each with Asia getting eight and Oceania one.

The new 48-team competition has 46 direct slots.

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That tournament would include one team from each confederation, except UEFA, and an extra one from the continent of the host country. In the case of co-hosting, the number of countries to directly qualify will be decided by the FIFA Council.

The number tallies to UEFA's original request of three extra slots to its current 13 slots. Two of the three teams from each group will advance to the next round.

He boasted at the time that under the new format more countries "will have the chance to dream" and that a larger tournament will reflect "the World Cup of the 21st Century".

They said in a press release that both broadcasters have been awarded "certain media rights with regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup", as well as "certain media rights with regard to other 2017-2018 FIFA events".

Using the current Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, a theoretical playoff lineup in November 2025 in the United States would be: China, Curacao, Ecuador, Morocco, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Tahiti.

FIFA has opened an invitation to tender ("ITT") in Spain for the media rights to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™.

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