7 December 2006
The dates for the 2010 Football
World Cup have been set for 11 June to 11 July, and
the allocation of places will be the same as for
2006, meaning that - with South Africa granted an
automatic berth as the host country - Africa will
have one extra team at the tournament.
In a statement issued on
Wednesday following a two-day meeting in Zurich,
Fifa's executive committee said that 32 teams would
contest the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Thirteen of these will be from
Europe, five from Asia and Oceania, eight from South
America and the Concacaf region (North and Central
America and the Caribbean), and five from Africa,
plus the automatic spot granted to South Africa.
This effectively gives Africa six
teams at 2010 - and Europe one less than in 2006.
Of the eight places for South
America and the Concacaf region, four are guaranteed
to South American countries and three to Concacaf
countries. The eighth spot will be decided by a
play-off between the fifth-placed South American
country in the 2010 qualifiers and the fourth-placed
A similar play-off between the
Oceania champion and Asia's fifth-best team will
decide who takes the fifth berth for Asia and
Fifa said the preliminary draw
for 2010 would be held in Durban on 23 November
2007, and that the Fifa Confederations Cup South
Africa 2009 would take place in the five venues of
Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg (Ellis
Park), Pretoria and Rustenburg from 14 to 27 June.
The Fifa Confederations Cup is
contested by the winners of each of the six Fifa
confederation championships - ie the reigning
African, Asian, European, Oceanian, South American
and Concacaf champions - along with the Fifa World
Cup champion and the host country, to bring the
number of teams up to eight.
Fifa said it had "listened with
satisfaction" to a report on the status of South
Africa's preparations for 2010, and "underlined its
support for the local organising committee.
"However, the executive committee
stated that it was now expecting work to begin,
particularly on constructing and renovating the
Plans for the construction of
four stadiums and upgrading of six others in South
Africa's nine 2010 host cities has been completed,
and their funding secured, and construction work is
due to begin early in 2007.