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Europe, Africa win big in Cup shake up

dpa logodpa 9/05/2017

Europe and Africa have gained the most by the changing of the format of the FIFA World Cup.

Europe will have 16 slots at the 48-team World Cup from 2026 onwards, up from 13, and the five other confederations of the ruling body FIFA will also see increases, the FIFA council decided on Tuesday.

FIFA said the council ratified a proposal from a few weeks ago after an earlier decision to raise the number of participating teams from 32 to 48.

FIFA also confirmed that the final two berths will be determined in a six-team intercontinental mini tournament in late 2025 in the World Cup host nation.

Europe leads the way with 16 slots, while Africa had the biggest gain, from five to nine slots. Asia will have eight, North, central America and the Caribbean six just as South America, and Oceania one.

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