The new distribution decided by the Bureau of the Council of the International Federation of Football (FIFA), grants, for the first time, to Africa four direct representatives in the final phase of the Women’s World Cup 2023, against three in the past.
The official FIFA website specifies in this regard that “in view of the resounding success of the 2019 edition, it was decided last year to expand the format of the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 teams to continue to encourage the development of women’s football. FIFA has since worked in close collaboration with the confederations on the distribution of places for the 2023 edition, which the Council Bureau confirmed on Thursday ”.
As a reminder, during the 2019 edition which took place in France, the African continent was represented by three countries (South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria), the last two having reached the round of 16. According to the distribution of direct places (29 out of 32), six places will go to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), four for CAF, as much for CONCACAF, three for CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation), one for OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) and 11 direct places for UEFA.
As host countries, Australia and New Zealand are automatically qualified and their place is directly deducted from the quota allocated to their respective confederation, namely the AFC and OFC, says FIFA.