Under the qualifying format used for the 2006 World Cup, CONCACAF was awarded three automatic places while a fourth team was promoted to a play-off against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation. Ahead of the 2010 tournament, the play-off was against a team from the South American CONMEBOL Confederation.
“We believe that CONCACAF deserves another full place at the World Cup Finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it,” CONCACAF president Jack Warner said in a statement. “We are unified in our efforts to make this happen.”
FIFA has not yet announced the qualifying format for the 2014 tournament, but Warner said a decision on the organisation’s request for an extra place was expected by March.