Africa has been given four automatic slots for the 2023 FIFA women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
This was announced by the Bureau of the FIFA Council today, Thursday who also allocated slots to other confederations.
Following the success of the 2019 women’s World Cup in France, the decision was taken to expand the tournament from 24 teams to 32.
FIFA has since worked closely with the confederations to formulate a proposal for the allocation of slots and the Bureau of the FIFA Council has today confirmed the slots for the 2023 edition.
The 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations will serve as qualifiers for the World Cup which will run from 10 July – 20 August.
Apart from the four automatic slots Africa can feature six teams at the 2023 World Cup, as they are also allocated two slots in a play-off qualifying tournament.
The play-off is a ten-team tournament where three countries will pick the three remaining slots and join the 29 other countries who qualified automatically.
For the automatic qualification spots for the confederations, Asia has six, Concacaf has four, Commebol was given three, Oceania got one and Europa eleven.
For the play-off tournament slot allocation, aside Africa that has two slots, Asia, Concacaf, Commebol were also given two slots while Europe and Oceania were given a slot each.
At last year’s World Cup in France, the Super Falcons, Cameroon and South Africa represented Africa.
The Falcons and Cameroon made it to the round of 16 where they lost to Germany and England respectively.
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