CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer is pressing for an extra World Cup place for his confederation as FIFA’s executive committee meets to decide the make up of the Brazil 2014 tournament.
FIFA representative in Zurich for a two-day meeting that will allocate the 32 places for the 2014 World Cup.
Jack Warner, the head of the CONCACAF region of countries from north and central America and the Caribbean, is demanding an extra spot for his confederation.
That would take them up to four guaranteed slots. Currently CONCACAF have three places plus a possibility of a fourth via a play-off against a South American country.
Chuck Blazer, the USA’s FIFA executive member and secretary general of CONCACAF, said the confederation’s 40 national associations deserved greater representation in the World Cup.
Blazer told Press Association Sport: “From both a sporting and political perspective we believe we warrant the extra half-place.
“Politically, we have the number of countries to warrant it and our countries’ performances in the World Cup have demonstrated that we deserve it.”
The 2014 hosts Brazil will have an automatic slot, so South America is expected to retain the 4.5 berths it had in 2010.
Asia also have 4.5 slots currently – the fifth team plays off against the leading country from the Oceania federation.
Europe’s 13 places seem secure, especially with three of 2010 semi-finalists coming from that continent, but Africa’s five slots could be vulnerable with only Ghana reaching the knockout stages at last year’s finals.