The second largest planet on earth, Africa will have 11 slots in Fifa world cup 2026 instead of the 5 teams who represented the 1.4 billion people continent in 2022.
African gains 6 new slots in Fifa World Cup making it 11 for 2026 thanks to Morocco but on this condition
After every four years, 32 teams come together from different continents to participate in the FIFA WORLD CUP. The teams qualify for each tournament after a winning it’s “world cup qualification matches” where they usually face other countries from the same continent.
The number of slots given to each confederation is based on three basic factors. The first, is the number of teams in the finals, which is currently 32. The second, is the number of teams in the confederation. And Third, is how well those teams have done at recent finals.
These are the number of slots each continent has in the FIFA world cup – Kimbi blog.
- – Europe has 16 permanent slots
- – South America has 8 permanent slots
- – Africa 9 permanent slots (1 via playoff & 1 because they reached the Semi finals of 2022 fifa world.
- – Asia 8 direct slots and 1 inter-confederation play-off slot
European teams have won the World Cup, while African teams have won none, and rarely play till the quarter finals but Morocco became the first African country to make it to the Semifinals after beating Portugal 1-0 and opened doors.
from 1982 till 2018, the number of teams have gone from 24 to 32, we noticed that their number of World Cup allocations jump from 5 to 9 for the 2026 World Cup, when the tournament expands to 48 teams. There will be 12 groups of the same four-team size.
Africa now has 9 permanent slots in the world cup, 1 via playoff and 1 because they reached the semi finals. So far, Morocco are unbeaten in the 2022 fifa world cup and have conceded only 1 goal.