5 Mar 2011

Oceania retains half a spot for next World Cup qualification

2:08 pm on 5 March 2011

Football's world governing body FIFA says there will be no change in the number of qualification slots allocated to each continent at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The decision means Oceania keeps a half a place, Asia four and a half, Africa five, Concacaf three and a half and Europe 13.

South America remain with four and a half while Brazil will qualify automatically as hosts of the 32-team tournament, as South Africa did in 2010.

Last time New Zealand, as winners of Oceania, played-off against the fifth-placed team from Asia, Bahrain, for the right to go to South Africa.

Fifa is yet to announce the draw for the play-off matches for those half a places.