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FIFA to decide 2018 World Cup qualifying slots in May

March 20, 2015

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says it will decide on May 30 how many qualifying slots each continent will get for the 2018 World Cup.

The meeting allows FIFA’s six confederations to pitch their case for extra places for their teams.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says the decision is scheduled the day after the FIFA presidential election, by a newly composed executive committee.

UEFA had 13 of the 31 qualification slots at the 2014 World Cup, and also will have Russia as host nation in 2018.

In Brazil last year, CONCACAF made the strongest case for extra guaranteed places with Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States all advancing from their groups.

Asia’s four teams failed to win a game and all finished last in their groups.

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