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New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby daib0 » 28 Dec 2016, 18:52

A FORTY-EIGHT TEAM WORLD CUP!



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http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38449674

Global football federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of plans for a 48-team World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino says.

The head of football's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams earlier this month.

The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.

A decision will be made in January but any change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

Fifa's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on 9 January but Infantino, 46, made expansion part of his election manifesto.

"We have to be more inclusive," he said at a sports conference in Dubai, adding that a 48-team tournament was the most financially appealing. "If we can have a format that does not add any additional matches but brings so much joy to those who don't have the chance to participate then we will have to think about that," Infantino said. "When discussed with the associations in the summits they were overwhelmingly in favour, but more discussions will have to take place."

The number of competing teams at World Cups last changed in 1998, increasing from 24 to 32


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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby bristleposh » 28 Dec 2016, 21:19

I bet the Scotland supporters will be in favour, might even give them a chance of qualifying, providing of course they avoid the big teams like San Marino and Andora in their qualifying groups.
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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby daib0 » 10 Jan 2017, 20:13

Sky Sports News HQ ‏@SkySportsNewsHQ
BREAKING: FIFA council unanimously vote to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026. 48 teams to be divided into 16 groups of three.
Looking forward to Kazakhstan v Luxembourg …
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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby bristleposh » 10 Jan 2017, 20:41

daib0 wrote:Sky Sports News HQ ‏@SkySportsNewsHQ
BREAKING: FIFA council unanimously vote to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026. 48 teams to be divided into 16 groups of three.
Looking forward to Kazakhstan v Luxembourg …

Apparently the Premier league who provide most of the players for the WC voted against it, because they're suggesting that it would be too many matches, but apparently there will only be 80 exactly the same as the current set up.
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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby daib0 » 10 Jan 2017, 22:33

@thehuwdavies: "Using FIFA rankings, here's how World Cup 2026 groups could look. Seeds listed first; top 2 go through. Hell of a draw for Wales and England"
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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

Postby bristleposh » 11 Jan 2017, 00:10

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