FIFA has confirmed that Africa will be allocated nine places in an expanded World Cup. The decision was ratified by the FIFA Council in Bahrain earlier on Tuesday.
The 2026 tournament will feature a total of 48 teams.
Allocation according to region:
Asia: 8 direct slots – increased from 4.5 (currently 46 members)
Africa: 9 direct slots – increased from 5 (currently 54 members)
North and central America: 6 direct slots – increased from 3.5 (currently 34 members)
South America: 6 direct slots
Oceania: 1 direct slot
Europe: 16 direct slots
Final two place in 2026 decided by six-team play-offs