The FIFA Executive Council on Wednesday increased the slots for next year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The next edition of the U-20 Women’s World Cup which will take place in Columbia in 2024 will have 24 teams as compared to previous 16 teams.
The tournament will come off from 31 August to 22 September 2024, will be as follows: AFC: 4; CAF: 4; Concacaf: 4; CONMEBOL: 4; OFC: 2; UEFA: 5; host country (Colombia): 1.
The decision is welcoming news for Africans as slots now increased from two – four making way for the continent to have two additional slots in the forthcoming tournament.
Since 2006, with the Confederation of African Football granted two spots, all qualification editions till date were and are played in a home-and-away knock-out format until 4 teams are left with half that number booking their spots at the international tournament.
Nigeria and Ghana represented the African continent at the last edition in Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, Morocco and its partners, Portugal and Spain on the decision by the FIFA Council to endorse Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2030.
The FIFA World Cup will be coming in 2030 to Africa for the second time in the 100-year history of the World Cup, when Morocco in partnership with Portugal and Spain, hosts the FIFA World Cup 2030.
The award of the FIFA World Cup 2030 is subject to a successful bidding process which will be conducted by the FIFA Administration and the decision of the FIFA Congress.
The President of CAF Dr Patrice Motsepe said: “CAF is excited to congratulate Morocco and its partners Portugal and Spain for the decision by the FIFA Council, endorsing Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the FIFA World Cup 2030. We are confident that the Morocco, Portugal and Spain FIFA World Cup 2030 partnership will be successful in the FIFA bidding process and will also obtain the FIFA Congress approval. This partnership brings together and unites Africa and Europe in football and inspires all of us to work together and make the World a better place. We thank His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Government and the people of Morocco for supporting Morocco’s FIFA World Cup 2030 bid. We also thank the CAF Executive Committee and the Member Associations representing the 54 African Countries that are Members of CAF for supporting the Morocco FIFA World Cup 2030 bid. We are proud of the outstanding leadership provided by Fouzi Lekjaa, the President of the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football.”