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Africa has been granted 9 slots at the 2026 World Cup as part of FIFA’s plan to expand the tourney to feature 48 teams.

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This is an increase from the 5 the continent used to be entitled to.

A 10th African country will feature in a six-nation playoff tournament to decide the last two spots.

The members of FIFA  had voted in January to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, commencing with the 2026 edition.

The proposed allocation of slots for the 2026 World Cup:


9 direct slots – increased from 5


16 direct slots – increased from 13


8 direct slots – increased from 4.5

North and Central America:

6 direct slots – increased from 3.5

South America:

6 direct slots – increased from 4.5


1 direct slot – increased from 0.5

Final two places in 2026 to be decided by six-team playoffs.

Written by Damilola Faustino

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