Friday, 3 March 2017

FIFA President Assures Africa Of Seven Places At Expanded World Cup

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has assured Africa of at least seven places if and when the World Cup is expanded to a 48-team tournament in 2026.
Infantino said the number could rise further, depending on agreement with the FIFA council.
"Africa will have seven or more countries in the FIFA World Cup due to the FIFA Council’s confirmation of 48 countries which will participate the tournament," Infantino said.
This comes after African football leaders asked FIFA to double the continent’s current allocation of five places when the tournament is expanded.

The proposed new format will see an initial stage of 16 groups of three teams, followed by a knockout stage for the remaining 32.

The number of tournament matches will rise from 64 to 80, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games.

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