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Opinion: Why Europe Has More Slots In The FIFA World Cup Than Other Continents

The number of slots allotted to each confederation is determined by three fundamental considerations. The first is the number of teams that will be competing in the finals, which is presently 32 teams. The second factor is the number of teams that are members of the confederation. The third factor to consider is how well those teams have performed in recent finals. There are 55 members of the European Football Association (UEFA), and they have done exceptionally well at World Cups, including winning a high number of them. The Confederation of South American Nations (CONMEBOL) has ten members, all of whom have performed admirably. The fact that Africa has five berths is due to the fact that the national teams from Africa are not particularly good. The vast majority of the time, they were all eliminated during the group stage.

European countries have won three World Cups, while African teams have won none and have only reached the quarterfinals on a handful of occasions. In recent years, Africa has begun to develop outstanding football talent, and these players have begun to appear in the major European competitions. As a result, we noted that their number of World Cup allocations increased from 5 to 9 for the 2026 World Cup, which would include 48 teams due to the tournament's expansion.

If we take a look at all of the information shown above, we will find that the number of teams has increased from 24 to 32 between 1982 and 2018. Despite the fact that eight new seats were created, UEFA did not receive any additional slots. Furthermore, African, North American, and Asian teams have all improved significantly in recent years. Furthermore, Oceania deteriorated, resulting in a decrease from 1 to 0.5.

Because European teams are extremely powerful, Europe has the biggest number of available slots (they used to have more than half of all available slots). In the FIFA men's rankings, European teams account for fourteen of the twenty positions. FIFA may be experiencing difficulties, but the organization's leadership clearly recognizes the need of fielding more powerful teams with top-tier players in the event.

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