Report: Concacaf, CONMEBOL could combine the qualification processes of the World Cup

Speaking of a new Copa América event with teams from both North and South America, another possible football collaboration of the Western hemisphere is still under study.

Concacaf and CONMEBOL officials will discuss combining their respective World Cup qualifying processes when the leaders of the whole sport gather in Miami for the FIFA Council this week, according to a Brand relationship.

Such a fusion of qualifying systems would create a huge race – which stretches from Canada to Argentina – for World Cup places, a process that is already well on its way to becoming a radically different experience worldwide. as the FIFA signature event grows from 32 to 48 teams for the 2026 edition.

Currently, CONMEBOL holds a long round robin qualifying tournament among its 10 member countries to decide who earns the four and a half seats of the Confederation (four berths and one intercontinental playoff) in the World Cup.

Concacaf stages a multi-stage process involving 35 member nations competing for one of the three World Cup berths (three automatic playoff slots and one intercontinental) granted to the region. Both confederations are obtaining a significantly higher number of places at the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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