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2026 World Cup | Draw Play-offs Qualification

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The draw for the intercontinental playoff matches in the FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifying series will be held on a date that is yet to be determined. In this draw, six countries from around the different FIFA Zones will participate. Through the intercontinental World Cup football qualification play-offs, these nations get one last chance to qualify for the final round in North America. To be specific, the six participants compete for the last two (of 48) tickets.

Out of the six qualified countries, the four that are at that moment lowest in the FIFA Ranking, are linked by this World Cup football play-off draw. This results in the first two intercontinental play-off matches. The two winners then play against the two countries that (of those initial six) are highest in the FIFA Ranking. This again results in two matches. This mini tournament for final qualifications is on the agenda for March, 2026. Both winners of those last two games will gain access to the World Cup group stage.

Draw intercontinental World Cup football qualification play-offs

The FIFA members being part of the draw for the intercontinental World Cup 2026 qualification play-offs, will have a resit after the regular qualification phase. They come from five of the six FIFA confederations: AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), OFC (Oceania), CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean). The European confederation, UEFA, will have no representative at these intercontinental 2026 World Cup play-offs draw. CONCACAF, on the other hand, will be allowed to deliver two countries, as this FIFA continent will host the final round of the World Cup.

FIFA ZONENUMBER OF COUNTRIES INTERCONTINENTAL PLAY-OFFS DRAW | WORLD CUP
AFC1 | See also Asian qualifiers World Cup football
CONCACAF2 | See also North American, Central American, Caribbean qualifiers World Cup football
CONMEBOL1 | See also South American qualifiers World Cup football
OFC1 | See also Oceanian qualifiers World Cup football
CAF1 | See also African qualifiers World Cup football
UEFA0 | See also European qualifiers World Cup football

See also: Preliminary Draw Qualifying Zones.


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FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIcation

World Cup Football Qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

Qualification North America, Central America, Caribbean

In North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the FIFA qualifiers run from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. Six, seven or eight of the 32 participating CONCACAF nations qualify, joining hosts USA, Canada and Mexico.

World Cup Football Qualifiers South America

FIFA World Cup football Qualification South America

In South America, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers run from September 7, 2023 to September 9, 2025. A total of 10 CONMEBOL nations participate. Six to seven South American countries will qualify. There is one single round.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Europe

FIFA World Cup football qualification Europe

In Europe, the qualifiers run from March 17, 2025 to March 31, 2026. A total of 55 (of 54) UEFA nations participate. Sixteen European countries will qualify. There is one group stage (Round 1), followed by the European play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Asia

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Asia

In Asia, the World Cup qualification runs from October 12, 2023 to November, 2025. A total of 46 AFC nations participate. Eight or nine Asian countries will qualify. There are three qualifying rounds, before the play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Africa

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Africa

In Africa, the World Cup football qualifiers run from November 13, 2023 to November 18, 2025. A total of 54 CAF nations participate. Nine or ten African countries will qualify. There are two qualification rounds.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Oceania

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Oceania

In Oceania, the FIFA qualifiers for the World Cup football run from September, 2024 to March, 2025. Eleven OFC nations participate. One or two Oceanic countries qualify. There are three qualification rounds.


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