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FIFA Men's World Cup expansion

Tryangle 2017-01-11 08:36:33 

Personally I think 48 is too many and the jump from 32 immense, but this should give a few more Caribbean teams hope of eventually qualifying for a Finals.

camos 2017-01-11 08:48:52 

just a bigger economic activity, fewer places will be able to host, more money for organizers.

Tryangle 2017-01-11 08:53:00 

In reply to camos

Yeah, it's always about money. That's a certainty.

RoyalDad 2017-01-11 09:55:18 

A lot more countries can also compete at the highest level. They have players competing in the best leagues.So even though it is more about money, I don't disagree with the move. Look what happened to Real Madrid the other day against that Japanese team? Crazy?! No. Standards have risen around the world. Don't even send your second stringers to play against MLS.They will lose.

Tryangle 2017-01-11 10:41:09 

In reply to RoyalDad

I'm all about opening opportunities for teams to compete at the pinnacle of their sport. It's why I'm disgusted with the ICC for contracting their showpiece event (oddly enough, both groups are doing the exact opposite thing so that they can make more money, go figure). But I digress. (Stupid ICC)

48 at a Finals, though. I don't know of any team sport in the world that has anything close to that many in one tournament.

At least there's no "play-in" game, as was suggested in some circles. 32 teams in straight knockout though, not fond of this. And some fans may feel aggrieved that say France stumbled early and got paired with Italy in the Round of 32. The loser will have a very early exit. The good news is that there are no dead rubber matches at all - every contest will have meaning (unlike the next ICC CWC).

camos 2017-01-11 10:55:04 

In reply to Tryangle

you had 24 teams in EURO 2016 and that is one Federation.

DAVE400 2017-01-11 11:10:44 

I think this is politicking to get Asian, concacaf and African votes...

camos 2017-01-11 11:26:55 

In reply to DAVE400

all about money!

cricketest 2017-01-11 12:12:29 

where is jack w when u need him?

Halliwell 2017-01-11 13:15:03 

It's not a big jump because it's a couple from each federation more than before

You just eliminating those inter confed playoffs
Concacaf getting six and a half places?
Football is global so allow the fans around the world to support their teams on the big stage
Forget the 'fans' who only want to see so called big teams

How did big teams Holland and England fare last rongs?

Tryangle 2017-01-11 14:05:20 

In reply to camos

And it was a delight to see how Iceland performed. So fair argument on Euros.

I imagine Concacaf will replace the single Hex with two groups of 6 (while hoping to get Mexico and the US in the same group because, Rivalry) and remove the second group phase.