David Gallop: Asia deserves more World Cup places

David Gallop: Asia deserves more World Cup places


Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop says the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) deserves more qualification places in the rejigged World Cup format.

The FIFA counsel passed a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, approving the expansion of football’s showpiece event from 32 teams to 48 from 2026.


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The AFC currently holds 4.5 places in the 32-team World Cup but could rise to as many as 8.5 in 2026 and beyond.

Gallop believes more places for Asian nations is justified.

“Australia is part of the AFC where the most significant growth and investment is occurring and we expect this trend to continue over the coming years leading up to the World Cup expansion,” Gallop said.

“As the quality of Asian football continues to improve, AFC member associations will justifiably deserve greater representation at the FIFA World Cup.”

“In the meantime we will stay focussed on achieving qualification for the Socceroos for next year’s World Cup in Russia and we hope all Australians will get behind the team for their final qualifying matches.”

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