The expanding sphere of the FIFA World Cup
SummaryEuropean nations have dominated participation in football’s showpiece international event. It is something the authorities are seeking to redress in future editions
The 22nd edition of football’s biggest extravaganza, the FIFA World Cup, will be held in Qatar this November. Following the latest round of qualifiers, 29 nations have booked a berth, and the remaining three spots will be decided by June. As many as 13 European countries will compete in Qatar. Africa features five countries, while Asia, North America and South America currently have four representatives each. Two more—from Asia, South America or Oceania—will join them.