International

FIFA sticks with 32 SWC teams

2015-05-30 12:29
Qatar SWC logo (File)

Zurich - The 2022 World Cup will remain a 32 team competition with no change to the share between the regional confederations, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday after talks between football chiefs.

Europe and South America had feared an attempt to cut their places, but Blatter said: "there is no change."

The decision taken by FIFA's executive committee means that Europe will still have 13 places at the Qatar tournament and Africa five.

Asia and South America each get four places and a chance at a playoff. North and Central America get three places and a playoff chance while the Oceania winner enters a playoff.

Qatar will qualify automatically as the hosts.

UEFA chief Michel Platini had said ahead of the meeting that remaining at 13 places was a "red line" for the European confederation.

Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who challenged Blatter for the FIFA presidency, had proposed increasing the number of teams.

But Blatter said on Friday that the World Cup should "not be touched."

The FIFA executive also "confirmed" that the same continent cannot hold the World Cup twice in a row, which definitively ruled out a Chinese bid for 2026.

"In accordance with the FIFA Statutes ... member associations from the Asian Football Confederation would not be able to bid for 2026," said a FIFA statement.

China had expressed an interest in 2026 but its football leaders said the rule made a bid unlikely as Qatar will host the 2022 edition.

Wang Jianlin, one of China's richest men, who has a stake in Atletico Madrid and also owns the Infront sports promotion agency met with Blatter at the FIFA congress in Zurich this week.

Read more on:    fifa  |  fifa bribery scandal  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Who will emerge victorious in this season's Champions League?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.