The continental berths for the 2014 World Cup will remain unchanged it was announced on Thursday. That means CONCACAF will remain at 3.5 spots. The organization had been lobbying for that half-spot to become a full spot, and rumors were circulating that those efforts had been successful, but the region will only get a fourth team if it wins a playoff, as in past years.
Who that No. 4 CONCACAF team will face in a playoff, though, could change. In the 2010 edition, similar to past editions, Costa Rica played South America's No. 5 team, Uruguay, in a two-legged playoff. Uruguay ultimately advanced to the World Cup.
The tournament's other half spot went to Oceania's New Zeland, who beat Asia's No. 5 team, Bahrain. Under the new system, a draw would determine regions were pitted against one another. It was not announced when that draw would take place.
The qualifying spots for each region: Europe (13), South America (5.5, including host Brazil), Africa (5), Asia (4.5), Oceania (.5).