FIFA Confirm There Will Be At Least Five South American Teams At The 2014 World Cup

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    FIFA has confirmed that South America will have a minimum of five representatives at the 2014 World Cup, after it was agreed to keep the current 4.5-place qualifying system despite Brazil’s status as tournament hosts.

    The world football governing body held its first World Cup meeting yesterday evening in Zurich, where the first resolutions on the staging of the tournament were passed. Among the most contentious issues was the question of how many places South America will have in 2014; with Brazil qualifying automatically, under the current system four out of nine CONMEBOL nations would qualify directly, with a fifth taking on a CONCACAF country in a two-legged play-off to give South America the chance of having as many as six representatives in Brazil.

    After strong negotiations however, a press release from FIFA informed that it was decided to keep the system unchanged, keeping the 4.5 places for CONMEBOL. With no alterations agreed, Europe maintains its 13 spots with Asia receiving four plus a play-off against the winner of the Oceania qualifiers.

    Africa meanwhile loses the hosts’ place from 2010 and will have five representatives, and North America qualifies three countries and sends a fourth to the play-off with a South American nation.

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