Uefa wants 16 places for 2026 World Cup

Uefa will ask for European teams to be given 16 places at the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026.

European football’s governing body will also request Fifa keeps European teams apart in the first-round group stage.

An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 for the new-look tournament.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said the requests are “realistic”.

source: BBC Sport