FIFA Set To Change Number Of World Cup Teams To 40?
Football governing body FIFA has said that it would like to increase the number of teams at the World Cup in 2016, as part of a reform package.
The current quota of 32 nations started at the 1998 World Cup in France, with the eight-team boost expected to increase spots available to non-European countries.
Europe currently has 13 automatic spots, with the other continents lagging well behind in terms of representation – Africa (five places), South America (four and a half), Asia (four and a half), North and Central America (three and a half) and Oceania (half a place). The final berth goes to the host.
However, a final decision has not been reached yet.