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FIFA reveals how many teams each continent gets at the 48-team 2026 World Cup

Qualifying is about to get a lot easier.

Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

If you're a United States men's national team fan currently sweating about World Cup qualifying, here's some good news. Soon, you will never be stressed out about making the World Cup again. FIFA has unveiled the proposed allocation structure for the 48-team 2026 World Cup, and CONCACAF will get six teams.

The entire bid structure looks like this:

AFC: eight slots

CAF: nine slots

CONCACAF: six slots

CONMEBOL: six slots

OFC: one slot

UEFA: 16 slots

Back in December, we wrote that FIFA was making this move to give some of the world's biggest countries a chance to make the World Cup. China has already started investing in its soccer infrastructure, and now India has a lot more incentive to do so.

The FIFA Council will vote on this proposed structure in May.

Reporter screwup of the day

Someone asked Bastian Schweinsteiger if he thought he could guide the Chicago Fire to the World Cup. Seriously.

In the news

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The maker of the horrible Cristiano Ronaldo bronze bust is going all-in on defending himself. (Telegraph)

Mike Petke was named the RSL head coach on Wednesday. (RSL Soapbox)

Mahmoud Dahoud will join Borussia Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach. (Fear The Wall)

Mauricio Pochettino has said he will never manage Barcelona. (Guardian)

Hertha Berlin is building a new soccer-specific stadium next to their current home, the Olympic Stadium. (Hertha)

Manuel Neuer is out two games with a foot injury, but hopes to return for Champions League play. (@FCBayernEN)

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is likely out for the season. (Royal Blue Mersey)

American second division league USL is planning on launching a third division next season. (SI)

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Jack Trelease interviewed Uwe Rösler about life as a professional footballer in East Germany. (The Set Pieces)

Nate Scott experienced an existential crisis caused by the Cristiano Ronaldo bust. (Fox Soccer)