FIFA, the biggest Football governing body of International Football has unveiled the allocation of all 48 teams of 2026 FIFA World Cup. According to FIFA president and other members, the decision has been taken to provide opportunity to every nation where Football needs to be developed. All of the six confederations will have at-least one team in the final of 2026 World Cup. So we can expect new teams in the finals in which 48 teams will compete.
How many slots are provided for each confederation ?
16 Slots for Europe [UEFA]: The dominant confederation of Football grabbed the most slots for 2026 FIFA World Cup. Three more slots have been provided to UEFA that means 16 teams from World Cup 2026 will qualify for the finals.
9 Slots for Africa [CAF]: 4 more slots are given to African Confederation. 13 teams from this Confederation have qualified for the World Cup. Cameroon have played most World Cup editions .
8 Slots for Asia [AFC]: Form 2026 FIFA World Cup, 8 teams can qualify for the finals. Having 47 association members with FIFA, just 12 teams got the honour to play in finals. Teams like India with having huge population failed to qualify for a World Cup edition. China, the nation with highest population mark have played just one edition in 2002.
6 Slots for North, Central America and Caribbean [CONCACAF]: Six slots are given to North, Central America and Caribbean Confederation. Till now, 39 appearances have been recorded from all teams from this confederation.
6 Slots for South America [CONMEBOL]: The oldest confederation in the World got six slots from World Cup 2026 onwards. Except Venezuela, every team from this continent have qualified for World Cup.
Remaining two teams will qualify from inter confederation play off round consisting of six teams.
European confederation is satisfied with the expansion of teams stating “UEFA is satisfied that it succeeded in postponing the final decision regarding the slot allocation of every confederation in the future format of the World Cup. We would also like to state that we are happy that the new proposed length and format of the tournament does not increase the burden on players. We will also ensure that clubs’ interests will continue to be protected”
Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president said “World Cup has to be more inclusive. We are in the 21st century and we have to shape the World Cup of 21st century.”
“It is the future. Football is more than just Europe and South America, football is global. The Football fever you have in a country that qualifies for the World Cup is the biggest promotional tool for Football you can have.”
“This Football promotion, in many parts of the World where today they have no chance to play, was at the top of our thoughts.”
History of FIFA World Cup teams expansion
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