FIFA World Cup 2026

link bdaTryangle Joined: Mar 28, 2014
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3/14/23, 6:30:08 PM 
Back to 4-team groups, and that's for the best.

"The revised format mitigates the risk of collusion and ensures that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams,"

Still a bit of bloat but at least the tournament won't drag for a long period of time.

Edited to add: I initially posted there'd be fewer dead rubbers, but the change to having certain third-placed teams progress to the knockout stage means there may be a couple more than previous.

link WI_cricfan Joined: Oct 12, 2006
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3/14/23, 8:50:51 PM 
Oh Oh, so Guyana can't qualify

link velo Joined: Jul 29, 2019
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3/15/23, 1:46:54 AM 
It shojld be about quality not quantity

link bdaTryangle Joined: Mar 28, 2014
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3/15/23, 12:53:46 PM 
In reply to velo

Perhaps but it's also a festival of sport and the cream usually rises to the top in the end.

Look at March Madness, the 15th seed teams never win it all but there's romance and joy when one or two of them go on a run.

48 in football is indeed a freaking lot, but I don't think the tournament is devalued in any way. The winner will still have deserved the title. And hey, if one or two reps from this region qualify, the opportunities for exposure for our athletes on the world stage would be life-changing.

link Kay Joined: Feb 1, 2015
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3/15/23, 6:17:57 PM 
In reply to bdaTryangle

Maybe it's because three teams get automatic qualification ....

link bdaTryangle Joined: Mar 28, 2014
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3/15/23, 6:47:59 PM 
In reply to Kay

Is that in reference to the Group stage where some groups will have 3 out of 4 teams make the knockouts?

Or Concacaf qualifying where 3 teams will join the Mexico/US/Canada qualifiers automatically?

link camos Joined: May 6, 2003
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3/15/23, 7:02:58 PM 
In reply to velo

More money for FIFA, more teams, more games it just takes longer.

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