|Dates||7 September 2023 – September 2025|
|Teams||10 (from 1 confederation)|
The South American section of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification will act as qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be held in Canada, the United States and Mexico for national teams who are members of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). A total of 6 direct slots in the finals and 1 inter-confederation play-off slot are available for CONMEBOL teams.
On 22 August 2022, the CONMEBOL sent a request to FIFA asking to keep the current qualification format that has been used since the 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifications in South America. This was confirmed, with the first games of the qualifiers tentatively to be played in March or June 2023.
On 27 February 2023, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez announced that the qualifiers would start in September 2023, which was ratified by the CONMEBOL Council in the run-up to the 73rd FIFA Congress held on 16 March in Kigali, Rwanda.
The qualification structure will remain the same as in previous editions, despite the increase of slots available CONMEBOL teams. The ten teams play in a league of home-and-away round-robin format, with the match schedule being the same as that used in the previous edition.
Prior to the commencement of the qualification competition, Ecuador have been deducted 3 points for falsifying birth documents for Byron Castillo in the previous World Cup qualification cycle.
All 10 national teams from CONMEBOL will enter qualification.
FIFA World Rankings
|1||Argentina||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification for 2026 FIFA World Cup||—||Oct '24||Mar '25||Sep '24||Jun '25||1 Oct '23||Nov '24||Nov '23||Sep '25||8 Sep '23|
|2||Bolivia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12 Sep '23||—||Sep '25||Jun '25||Oct '24||Nov '24||Nov '23||Mar '25||Sep '24||Oct '23|
|3||Brazil||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Nov '23||8 Sep '23||—||Sep '25||Mar '25||Jun '25||Oct '24||Nov '24||Oct '23||Sep '24|
|4||Chile||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Jun '25||Sep '24||Oct '24||—||12 Sep '23||Nov '23||Oct '23||Sep '25||Nov '24||Mar '25|
|5||Colombia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Sep '24||Sep '25||Nov '23||Oct '24||—||Mar '25||Jun '25||Oct '23||7 Sep '23||Nov '24|
|6||Paraguay||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Nov '24||Oct '23||Sep '24||Mar '25||Nov '23||—||7 Sep '23||Jun '25||Oct '24||Sep '25|
|7||Peru||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs||Oct '23||Mar '25||12 Sep '23||Nov '24||Sep '24||Sep '25||—||Oct '24||Nov '23||Jun '25|
|8||Uruguay||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Mar '25||Nov '23||Oct '23||8 Sep '23||Nov '24||Sep '24||Sep '25||—||Jun '25||Oct '24|
|9||Venezuela||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Oct '24||Jun '25||Nov '24||Oct '23||Sep '25||12 Sep '23||Mar '25||Sep '24||—||Nov '23|
|10||Ecuador||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||−3[a]||Sep '25||Nov '24||Jun '25||Nov '23||Oct '23||Oct '24||Sep '24||12 Sep '23||Mar '25||—|
The seventh-placed team will join one team each from AFC, CAF, and OFC and two from CONCACAF in the inter-confederation play-offs. The teams will be ranked according to the FIFA Men's World Ranking, with the four lowest-ranked teams playing in two single-elimination matches. The winners will meet the two highest-ranked teams in another set of single-elimination matches, with the winners of these matches qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.