According to the Costa Rican newspaper Nación, CONMEBOL will request that the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup be kept the same format. Brazil will qualify as hosts so they won't have to play in the tournament, so that would leave nine teams in a double round-robin format. If the format is approved at the FIFA Congress in December, one team would have a bye for each of the sixteen matchdays, so here's betting that Bolivia will finish their qualifying campaign early.
The secretary general of CONMEBOL is claiming that the region will still receive 4.5 slots from the qualifying tournament, which would mean that as many as five or six teams from South America could appear at Brazil 2014. (There would still be a CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff at the end of the South American qualifying tournament.) Any decision to give CONMEBOL an extra direct spot for the next World Cup would be closely fought.