FIFA has announced its proposed allocation of places for the 48-team 2026 World Cup and revealed a six-nation play-off could be used to determine the last two spots.
Football's world governing body has proposed there will be 16 direct slots for European teams at the expanded tournament, which is the quota UEFA had sought.
The recommendations will be submitted to be approved by the FIFA council in May.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 countries was given unanimous backing by the council in January.
The competition, which has had an unchanged format since 1998, is set to feature 16 groups of three teams under the revamp.
FIFA stated: "The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA congress."