Fifa proposes six-team World Cup play-off for 2026

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Fifa is proposing a six-nation play-off tournament to decide the last two slots at the 48-team World Cup in 2026.

Football’s world governing body has revealed its plans for how the 48 places will be allocated, with 16 Europeans teams set to qualify.

The proposals – approved by Fifa’s president and his counterparts at the six confederations – are expected to be ratified by the Fifa Council on 9 May.