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2018 World Cup Qualifying: 40 Instead of 32 teams in Russia FIFA tournament?

Published on: 14 July 2014
UEFA President Michel Platini (L) and FIFA President Joseph Blatter look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.

More nations may be playing in FIFA’s next global football tournament.

The qualifying rounds of World Cup 2018 have yet to be announced, but UEFA chief Michel Platini has suggested that the tournament be expanded from 32 teams to 40 teams.

Platini reasoned that the change would allow more Asian and African countries to take part without reducing the number of European teams in the competition.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter had previously suggested that some European teams should make way for African and Asian countries.

If Platini’s suggestion comes to fruition, there will be 5 teams instead of 4 teams in each World Cup finals group.

There are currently 13 European teams in the 2014 World Cup, and only 5 African and 4 Asian teams.

Platini told Britain’s Times newspaper that the move would be “good for everybody.”

“We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe,” he said.

However, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has said that Platini’s suggestion is “unlikely” to occur.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko also added that adding 8 additional teams is “unrealistic.”

“We’ve already got to the stage of discussing the calendar,” said Mutko.

“Everything’s possible, but you need to respect the country that’s carrying out the preparations for the tournament.

“We’re preparing on the basis that 32 teams will be taking part.”


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • soccer brain says:
    July 15, 2014 12:52 am
    see platini a typical greedy green snake European still want increase then claiming everybody will be happy indeed
  • Edward says:
    July 15, 2014 12:34 am
    We need more African teams to upsurge our chances of at least getting to the semis.
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 14, 2014 11:06 pm
    So send 3 more african teams to go disgrace us?.... tweeaaaaaa.. the antics of the african teams have changed my mind on this issue...
  • Mystic says:
    July 14, 2014 08:42 pm
    I personally feels it unfair for Fifa to select Africa as a continent of 54 countries only 5 countries as compare to Europe 47 countries 13 countries selected. It should be 10 or 8 countries from Africa then Europe will be reduced 10 countries to be selected. Then the remaining will be added to Asia and American and Oceania.
  • bestinfo says:
    July 14, 2014 09:15 pm
    @ unfair to us africans because we have no respect from the white and that is really sad for us Africans
  • richie says:
    July 15, 2014 07:07 pm
    Platini is a true reflection of a real whitmanz greed wich actuali comes wit intelligenz....considering europes large representation he stil wants more at e detriment of africa,asia and america.
  • Nsiah says:
    July 14, 2014 03:00 pm
    adding 8 to 32 is not the best but reducing the number of european is the solution
    July 14, 2014 03:38 pm
    It should be 3 more for Africa, 3 more for Asia and 2 more for America and no more for Europe and Oceania
  • Dare Emmanuel Oryaar says:
    July 15, 2014 06:33 am
    FIFA president should agree to what platini suggested so that they can 3 Africa 3 Asian 2 ocean countries. But the Africa attitude is not good enough to present 8 countries,we have to change our mentality.
  • 1818 says:
    July 15, 2014 07:09 am
    That would be a good move as I feel Asia and Africa are less represented but adding another European team to me it makes no sense as they are well represented already Africa is bigger than Europe but only got five look at Asia come on Fifa there must be a balance!