FIFA President confirms number of Concacaf berths for 2026 World Cup

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The highest hierarch of world football hopes that Guatemala can attend the next meeting

GUATEMALA CITY — On his recent visit to Guatemala, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed the number of places that Concacaf will have for the 2026 World Cup.

The appointment will be held in a shared venue with Canada, United States and Mexico as hosts. In addition, the number of participants will be increased from 32 to 48, in a World Cup that promises an unprecedented experience.

Of those places, Infantino has commented that six will be for the region. Three for the hosts, who qualify automatically and three that will be at stake in the Concacaf World Cup qualifier, whose competition format is not yet known.

The region will also be eligible for two other World Cup tickets, through the continental playoffs or playoffs. In total, Concacaf could have up to eight teams in the 2026 World Cup.

“The 2026 World Cup, which will be held in North America (United States, Mexico and Canada), Concacaf is going to have six places, plus two that are going to play in the playoffs, So, eight teams that can qualify for that World Cup. Well, that has to be a goal for a team like Guatemala. You have to work on that goal”, said Gianni Infantino.

The top FIFA official spent two days in Guatemala City. He met with the main actors of federated soccer, held a meeting with the executive committee of the National Soccer Federation of Guatemala and had lunch with Alejandro Giammattei, president of the Republic.

Infantino offered support for the development of soccer in Guatemala, expressed to the president of the country the need to have a modern stadium and said that the infrastructure, as well as supporting boys and girls who practice sports is essential.

During his stay in the country he was accompanied by Jillian Anne Ellis (women’s football), Arsène Wenger (football development) and Pierluigi Collina (refereeing).